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Five Ways to Avoid Violence in Jail or Prison

Jails and prisons can be violent environments, but there are things you can do to minimize your chances of confrontation and trouble. 1. Show no fear – This doesn't mean bullying. It means showing a quiet confidence. Always remain aware of your surroundings, but do it casually without looking nervous. How to build quiet confidence […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Florida

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but once you're convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. Florida overview: The Process If you have been convicted of a felony, the state of Florida has […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In California?

California law allows some convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that permit it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter, but the basics of California laws […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

What Type of Arrest Warrants Will Cause Social Security Benefits to Stop?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can only stop your benefits if the arrest warrant is for a fleeing crime. If there is a warrant for something other than fleeing, it does not qualify for benefit cut off or forced repayment. Historically, the SSA stopped benefits for anyone who had an arrest warrant for any reason. […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

What is an Inmate Money or Commissary Account?

Most jails and prisons in America allow friends and family members of inmates to make deposits to inmate money accounts. They are set up to give the inmate access to various services including commissary purchases and phone use. Some facilities deduct nominal amounts from these accounts for inmate health visits and other jail fees. Commissary […]

Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Hawaii

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once you've been convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Hawaii include: If You Have Been Charged In Hawaii you maintain your right […]

Your Rights as a Pregnant Inmate

If you are incarcerated and pregnant, you need to be sure you notify the prison staff immediately. You will be given a pregnancy test to be sure you are expecting. If you are, some changes will be made to accommodate your condition. Each state has its own rules about the treatment of pregnant inmates, but […]

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Illinois?

Illinois law allows certain convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution in states that allow it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter but the basics of Illinois laws are as follows: Your rights can be restored […]

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The Multnomah County Detention Center in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in Multnomah County Detention Center are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the Multnomah County Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Oregon Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the Multnomah County Detention Center are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers.

The other jail facilities in Multnomah County, Oregon are: Multnomah County Court Holding Facility, Multnomah County Inverness Jail, Multnomah County Jail - Wapato Facility. In addition, Multnomah County houses the following juvenile facility: Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Center.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: Multnomah County Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the Multnomah County Detention Center Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, Multnomah County recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.



Multnomah County Detention Center Inmate Search

Multnomah County Jail - The Justice Center

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Oregon Multnomah 676
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
1120 SW Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
FAX
503-988-4320
 

Will They Let Me Drive an Inmate to the Doctor?

For the most part, any time a county jail inmate leaves a jail, official personnel transport him to medical appointments, but in some counties, depending on the circumstances, family members are allowed to provide the transportation. Each jail sets the rules. Here are some general guidelines: The severity of the crime comes into play. Obviously, […]

When the Newness of Sobriety Wears Off

Sobriety is like a love relationship. When you start out, everything is exciting and new. When I first got clean, everything I read, saw and heard about sobriety was very attractive to me. I spent my free time getting to know it in the same way I would get to know a new woman. The […]

Are Penalties Stiffer For Selling Drugs in a Drug-Free School Zone?

Being accused of dealing drugs or having enough in your possession for resale is a serious situation, but many states have also implemented additional penalties for drug situations near a school. Each state sets its own rules about this, but in most cases it is a higher grade of felony with longer sentences. What is […]

What's the Difference between Jails and Prisons?

Both jails and prisons house inmates but there are some important differences in what the two institutions are used for. Sentenced or Not? People accused of crimes but not yet convicted are held in county or city jails. In some cases, a bond amount is set and if the defendant can pay it he or […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Louisiana include: If You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated […]

Bio-chemical treatment for Alcohol Addiction

One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain's chemistry. It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

Massachusetts Marijuana Laws

Decriminalizing Marijuana doesn't always mean it is completely legal. In some cases, such as in Massachusetts, possession of less than an ounce is no longer a crime but is now a civil offense. Possession It is a civil offense to possess one ounce or less of Marijuana. If found guilty the fine is $100. In […]

How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they're mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind. The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun In West Virginia?

West Virginia still requires you to receive a pardon from the governor's office before you can own/possess a gun in that state. Obtaining a pardon in West Virginia is very difficult. Over a recent period of nine different governors, only 131 pardons were granted out of all that applied. An attorney experienced in obtaining felony […]

4 Things to Tell Young Kids When Dad is In Jail

While your husband is incarcerated, your children will want to know what has happened. These four things can ease their mind without burdening them. Explain why he went. Without being specific about the exact crime he is accused of, you can tell the children that the judge thinks their dad broke the law and he […]

Prison Skills Applied After Release

Getting out of prison and starting over is not easy, but with a little creative thinking, you can use the abilities you learned while incarcerated into useful tools for life. Organization – Almost everyone who goes into prison comes out much more organized in all aspects of life. Whether it has to do with keeping […]

Can I Visit an Inmate if I am on Probation or Parole?

A friend or family member has been arrested and this has created chaos and stress. Before you race off to visit him or her in jail, if you are on probation or parole you need to take the following steps. Find out the Rules Some jails will not allow anyone on probation or parole to […]

Cost Effective Ways to Visit an Inmate

The expenses of traveling to visit your inmate can add up quickly. These cost saving measures will make it less painful for your budget. Traveling by car Gas up early Gas up on a weekday. Many gas stations raise the price of a gallon shortly before the weekend. Filling up the tank on a weekday, […]

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  1. A Former Inmate's Story - Part 2 Mon, May 07 2012 1:14 AM

    A FORMER INMATE'S STORY. PART 1. The Justice Center is the first stop for anyone arrested and booked in Portland Oregon - Multnomah County Jail. The booking process takes time, but the deputies who run intake are overall, fair and funny - but tough - and firmly in control even though you are unshackled and can sit, watch TV, go to the bathroom, etc. The first stop is a thorough search. Sometimes you then go to a holding cell if they are backed up, but often you will sit in a small group of chairs to watch TV and wait to get called to get your mugshot. From there, you move to a large, open room where you wait to see the nurse and do your formal intake. You will be asked if you are affiliated with a gang. You can manipulate the system to get fresher vegetarian meals claiming you are a practioner of the Muslim religion. Of course, if you do that you now have the attention of a federal agency that will want to 'look at your file'. After several hours and maybe a baloney sandwich, milk and cookie, you will be called, along with a group of others, to get your strip search, then your uniform and bedding. You are also given a free toiletry kit with something like shampoo, lotion a 3" tootbrush and toothpaste from China. The 2 piece uniform is a medium blue, pink t-shirt, pink underwear and pink socks. The brighter pink ones are newer. Noone gives a shit about the pink. The idea has lost it's edge. You are walked down a hallway to a large elevator and you ride up as a group to your respective floors and dorms. You are put in a 2-man cell, with painted concrete slabs as bunks, slit like windows giving you a clear view of downtown Portland. It's strange to see life going on with you locked in a jail. It can be both depressing and a great way to the pass the time. But that's all that is good with the Justice Center. From then on you are locked in a cell most of the day. You are only out for 2 hours a day (one hour at a time) to shower, get a book, make a phone call or work out. You eat in your cell. Your cellie might be a guy coming down from tweaking for months in a row and is in for possession, it could be a violent person, it could be a federal detainee involved in some high profile finance scheme... You never know for sure who you will end up, or how many different people will come and go in your cell. People come and go quickly at the Justice Center. Some get bailed out, most of the rest to Inverness, the better jail. Your wait can be a day or two or weeks. The more trouble you have given them in the past, the more fights, etc... the longer you wait. To read what happens as you leave for Inverness, skip over to the Inverness Page, by clicking the MORE JAILS IN THIS COUNTY (blue and red) icon right next to the address at the top of this page. ^^

  2. citizen Mon, Jun 10 2013 9:23 AM

    Not my experience. Jail staff is cruel uneducated low level govt employees. This is obviously written by a admin for pub relations purposes.

  3. No victims here Sat, Jun 22 2013 5:17 PM

    Cruel, uneducated, low level? Haha. You're the one that went to jail and lived to tell about it. Bitter, much?

  4. your moma Sun, Nov 17 2013 2:34 AM

    the jailers are no different than the beat pigs all you need is a high school diploma.and it shows,and they are better liars .all in all suck

  5. Kimmie Tue, Jan 07 2014 1:26 AM

    How long do they hold an inmates mail and what time is mail call ?

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