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Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

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 Michigan include: Pending Cases If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Best Days for Inmate Phone Calls

As much as you would like to talk to your inmate each day, the cost of inmate phone calls makes this impossible for most people. If your budget can only handle a couple of calls a week, tell your inmate to call you on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursday Thursday phone calls give you almost the […]

Pregnant and Imprisoned

My name is Ashley. My probation officer violated me and had me sent to jail for three months. I was four months pregnant at the time. When I got to the jail, I told them I was pregnant, and they had me see a nurse practitioner right away who set up an appointment for an […]

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 […]

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what's going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home. […]

5 Steps to Mailing Commissary Money to a Federal Inmate

In addition to these five steps below, keep in mind that when you mail the commissary funds, they must go through the United States Postal Service. You cannot use Federal Express, United Parcel or other similar services. Step 1 Know where to send it. All federal commissary money must be sent to a central post […]

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 […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

Fun Ideas to Mail to Your Inmate

Mail is a great way to communicate with your inmate. In addition to serious letters, here are some fun ways to amuse each other through the mail. These can be done on postcards or letters. Top 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things about the other person and also write […]

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

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 […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, "Possession of a Class I drug for resale," or "Possession of a Class II drug". How They're Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Illinois

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 Illinois include: If You've Been Charged Until you are convicted of a felony and incarcerated […]

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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 (CLOSED). 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

Oregon Multnomah 676
1120 SW Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Name Inmate was booked under, SWIS #
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, OR 97220
Jail (Main): 503-988-4320

How to Bail someone out of Multnomah County Detention Center; both the Justice Center and Inverness:

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 (downtown), and is accepted 24 hours a day, except between 6am - 7am2pm - 3pm, and 10pm - 11pm.


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 […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

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

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options: Get it Pre-Metered at the […]

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: You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

Understanding Inmate Calling Plans

Most jails and prison contract with third party vendors to provide a way for inmates to call their friends and families. Some of those companies only have one choice, but many of them provide a few options when you open and fund the account. Understanding what the different choices are will help you make a […]

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 […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

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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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