The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Classification Unit assists in ensuring the safety of inmates and safety of staff while supporting efficient management of our jail facilities.
This specialized unit is comprised of skilled Corrections Deputies, whose primary function is to determine appropriate housing of inmates during an initial interview using an objective jail classification instrument.
Objective classification systems aim to separate violent inmates from non-violent inmates and facilitate movement, through administrative processes, from the most restrictive housing to the least restrictive housing in a safe and structured manner.
Close Street Supervision
Close Street is an intensive custody and supervision programthat provides pre-trial services to arrestees of Measure 11 crimes, Domestic Violence cases, and a select group of clients with mental health disorders. Deputies interview defendants and conduct investigations to present the Court with accurate, timely, and impartial information which assists the Judge in making an informed release decision. This program supports both offender accountability and reentry of the offender into the community while increasing available jail beds.
This intensive custody and supervision program supports offender accountability while transitioning pretrial and sentenced offenders out of scarce jail beds. At the direction of the court, Close Street Supervision provides intensive, individualized supervision and management of multiple need pretrial arrestees who would otherwise be ineligible for pretrial release. This program supports and enhances community safety by assessing a broader number of the in-custody population for program suitability, expanding case management and supervision, subsidizing participation when indicated, and providing immediate consequences for program failures.
Compared to other pretrial supervision programs, the program’s success rates rank among the highest in the nation. A recent audit demonstrated that, of the almost 1,200 defendants supervised in 2010, more than 96% were successful; appearing for all scheduled court dates and committing no new crimes, while under supervision.