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.