The Services section of the Corrections Division ensures the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office provides effective, quality services to our community and to the adults in our custody. Comprised of multiple units, the mission of this team is to find creative, efficient solutions to manage logistics and safe operations of MCSO facilities, ensure court processes are accessible to everyone, provide case management and supervision for pre-trial defendants, and provide programming and wrap-around services which increase opportunities for adults in custody to become productive members of the community upon reentry and ultimately reduce recidivism.
Where an adult in custody is housed is determined by the Classification Unit through a combination of objective interview questions, technical criteria, as well as experience and judgment. Using a computer-based multi-level interview process, staff ensure adults in custody are appropriately located in the least restrictive housing enabling them to be connected to specialized programs and services. MCSO is proud to have one of the most comprehensive transgender booking policies in the nation. It was designed, in coordination with the LGBTQIA community, to respect those coming into custody by allowing them to self-identify, while giving staff the tools to appropriately respond in a compassionate and discrete way.
The Programs Unit provides adults in custody access to education, mental health and addiction services, and housing and employment resources while they are inside our facilities.  The focus of these programs is to provide continuity of services that best provide successful reintegration into the community.  Use of evidence-based practices allows this team of professionals to support those in our custody as they return into our community.
The Court Services Unit provides a variety of public safety services at both the Multnomah County Courthouse and the Justice Center courtrooms, including courtroom security, working with the judiciary to facilitate court hearings, and responding to citizen inquires.  Coordinating with the Transport Unit, deputies ensure all adults in custody are present for court matters and are transported to appropriate state and county facilities, or release, after their case has been adjudicated by the courts.
Security and access to county facilities is managed by the Facility Security Unit.  This team of non-sworn staff ensure public safety and provide information and access at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Justice Center, East County Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Complex, Inverness Jail, Gateway Center for Domestic Violence, and the Central Library.  
The Close Street Supervision Unit is a pre-trial supervision program that affords eligible defendants an opportunity to manage their day-to-day lives while awaiting court proceedings.  This team of deputies is tasked with evaluating each file referred by a judge, making court recommendations, and supervising the individual’s behavior if they are selected for release.  This Unit is focused on providing public safety through the effective management of those who would not otherwise be eligible for release.
The Auxiliary Services Unit supports agency operations by ensuring adequate supplies are purchased and distributed, while also providing commissary, laundry, and property storage services for adults in custody.
The efficient collaboration of these units directly supports the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office, its facilities, as well as the overall public safety system.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two options for accessing this information:

A comprehensive Visitor's Guide is available for your convenience.

Family and friends now have the ability to visit inmates using an optional Video Visitation Program available in certain housing dorms. Details of the program, including which dorms currently offer this feature, can be found in our comprehensive Visitor's Guide. You can also read a brochure published by the visitation service provider that provides additional information.


Deposits can be made to an inmate's trust account in any of the following ways:

  • TouchPay Kiosks located in our jail lobbies during regular hours (Cash/Debit/Credit only)
  • Online at (MCSO Facility #297204)
  • Via Toll Free Telephone 1-866-232-1899 (MCSO Facility #297204)
  • Government issued, transfer and payroll checks MUST be submitted via US Mail to:
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office FISCAL UNIT 
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 350
Portland OR 97214

  • MCSO DOES NOT accept cash, personal checks, cashier's checks or money orders for deposit to inmate accounts. Any of these items received via mail will be refused as unacceptable with the entire letter returned to sender.
  • All transactions are subject to a processing fee.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and wish to be contacted before the offender is released from jail, you can fill out and send us a Notification Request.

You can use the resource VINELink, an online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), that allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.

PREA is the Prison Rape Elimination Act that was signed into law in 2003. PREA requires zero tolerance for sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our custody. The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office believes in the prevention of sexual abuse through education and monitoring of staff and inmate behavior. Prevention, detection, and reduction of incidents of sexual assault and sexual harassment is one of our top priorities. Inmates and staff will be held accountable for their actions when they violate this policy.

You can find out more information on the PREA page of this website.You can use the following links for more information and statistics:
Press Release - PREA Compliance
2016 Final PREA Audit Report
2016 PREA Annual Report
2015 PREA Annual Report


Thank you for your interest in access to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office jail system. Your services support our jail activities and offenders, and your efforts are valuable to our agency. We strive to build and increase strategic partnerships that are mutually beneficial.Jail access is a process that balances both the needs of offenders, service providers and programs, with the Sheriff's Office's responsibility for public safety. Your request has a direct impact on daily jail operations and your cooperation and understanding is appreciated while moving through the Facility Access Request process. The level of access allowed to you is directly related to ensuring the most efficient and effective contact with offenders as well as providing you with the safest environment and experience possible.


Applicants must consent to a background check including a criminal history and driving record review. All jail-side applicants must attend the Safety & Security Training session prior to access.

How to Apply

Please fill out the online application below to request jail system Facility Access.