The Corrections Division is committed to providing effective detention, rehabilitation, and transition services to adults in custody. Staff provide intake assessments, classification services, mental health and addiction treatment programs, laundry services, commissary, transportation to and from court or other facilities, and release transition assistance. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is focused on continuously looking for efficiencies and improving outcomes for the betterment of the adults in custody to shorten jail stays and reduce recidivism. Our ability to strengthen policy through informed decision-making will provide systems of accountability and ultimately strengthens partnerships and guides the success of the Corrections Division and our agency. Providing professional compassionate service, while encompassing safety and security, is the primary goal of MCSO when it comes to caring for and supervising adults in custody. The corrections environment is becoming increasingly challenging, in part due to the increase in adults suffering from addiction and mental health crises. It is vital that Corrections Division staff are provided relevant, specialized training with an emphasis on de-escalation techniques and in-depth instruction on how to effectively engage those experiencing a mental health crisis.
Supervising adults in a jail setting is a complicated endeavor, which requires comprehensive and well-designed policy and procedure. MSCO remains committed to collaborating with internal and external partners in an effort to improve outcomes in the criminal justice 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.

Call the jail information line at 503-988-3689 to find out how much money you will need and forms of payment accepted. Bail can be posted only at the Justice Center Public Desk, and is accepted 24 hours a day.

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.

A comprehensive Inmate Guide is available for your convenience. Additionally, you can view detailed instructions on how to send mail to an inmate, effective December 1, 2013, by clicking on the image below:

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.