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Case Name Investigation of Multnomah County Jails By Multnomah DA's office JC-OR-0007
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On June 15, 2006, the Multnomah County, Oregon Board of Commissioners passed a resolution granting the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office the authority to conduct a full investigation into the policies and procedures of the corrections facilities operated by the Multnomah County Sheriff's ... read more >
On June 15, 2006, the Multnomah County, Oregon Board of Commissioners passed a resolution granting the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office the authority to conduct a full investigation into the policies and procedures of the corrections facilities operated by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The D.A.'s Office subsequently launched a thorough investigation lasting over 4 months. During the course of this investigation, the D.A. and his staff toured the jail facilities, interviewed dozens of witnesses, consulted with national corrections experts, and talked to county officials in Oregon and Washington. Based on this investigation, the D.A. issued a 136-page comprehensive report, detailing his findings and recommendations regarding several areas of concern, including: (1) the lack of oversight of jail operations; (2) the high per-inmate costs; (3) the financial losses incurred by housing inmates from other counties under contract; (4) poor inmate safety and security; (5) the poor holding and release procedures and (6) the delivery of medical care, especially in emergency situations.

Those wishing to learn more about the investigation are encouraged to read the report, document JC-OR-0007-0001 of this collection. As of November 3, 2016, there are no new updates to this investigation.

Dan Dalton - 02/14/2008
Abigail DeHart - 11/03/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
General
Classification / placement
Funding
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Totality of conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Multnomah County Jails
Plaintiff Description Multnomah DA's office
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Independent Review of the Policies and Procedures of the Corrections Facilities Operated by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office 01/01/2006
JC-OR-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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