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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
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Type of Facility
Government-run
Defendant(s) Multnomah County Jails
Plaintiff Description Multnomah DA's office
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
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

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
JC-OR-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/01/2006

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