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What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

Deciding How Much Money to Put on the Books

What does the inmate need? Contact the jail and ask what basics are supplied. Most jails give the inmates toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and toilet paper. Ask them what happens if the inmate runs out of something. is it replaced right away or do they have to wait a week or longer for new supplies […]

Consequences of Introducing Contraband

It might be tempting to bring your inmate something from the outside, but doing so can have very serious consequences. If your inmate asks you to bring something illegal into the facility, he or she is not thinking clearly, therefore, it is up to you to be strong and not get the both of you […]

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

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. […]

Visiting jail for the first time? Here's what to expect.

Visiting an inmate in jail for the first time is like waiting to see a dentist. The anticipation and worry constantly increases until you are there and you realize it was not as bad as you thought it would be. Knowing what to expect before that first jail visit will reduce your anxiety. Expect to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later […]

What Happens When an Illegal Immigrant Commits a Crime?

If and undocumented immigrant is charged with committing a crime, there can be three different legal outcomes. 1. ICE Gets Involved The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enter information about an arrested immigrant into a database that is monitored. This department has the authority to take custody of the immigrant, investigate his standing

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

Can a Felon Own a Gun Oklahoma?

Generally speaking, federal law makes it a crime for a convicted felon to own or possess a gun or ammunition. If you were convicted of a federal felony crime, you must receive a presidential pardon if you are to ever own a firearm again. Some states, however, have specifically designed laws regarding felons convicted of […]

Coordinating Inmate Visitation To Minimize Conflicts

Most jails allow three to five visitors to see an inmate at the same time. Problems can come about when too many people want to be there simultaneously. Managing the visitation schedule will reduce stress and insure that your inmate gets to see everyone. Check Visitation Rules Some jails will allow people to split visits […]

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 […]

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 (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

STATE COUNTY BEDS
Oregon Multnomah 676
PHYSICAL ADDRESS
1120 SW Third Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
INMATE MAIL
INMATE MAIL
Name Inmate was booked under, SWIS #
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland, OR 97220
FAX NUMBERS
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.
  

 

Drug Addiction and Anger: Why Should I Do Anything for Him After All He Did?

When your boyfriend was doing drugs, there was chaos everywhere he went. Now that he completed rehab and is in recovery, he might need assistance with a few things to get started again. Putting your anger aside and helping him can provide the following benefits. Self-confidence: Whether he admits it or not, when he was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

4 Things to Avoid During An Arrest

Only an attorney should advise you of your individual arrest situation but in general, these four suggestions may help stabilize your situation. Don't try and argue your way out. In most cases, by the time the cuffs come out, there is no turning back. Arguing, negotiating, and continuing to try to avoid arrest will do […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

What Does a 15 Years to Life Sentence Mean?

A sentence of 15 years to life, 25 years to life or similar sounding words all mean the same thing. The only difference is the time frame. What the Number Means The number in the sentence indicates the minimum number of years the inmate must serve before he or she can be considered for parole. […]

An Inmate Can Meditate to Alleviate Fears in Prison

If someone you know is in prison, you can be sure there is stress involved in that inmate's daily life. Prisons are loud, can be dangerous and there is very little freedom. In addition, simply being sentenced to do time disrupts life with regard to employment, family and other outside obligations. By the time the […]

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 […]

What to do if a Family Member Goes Missing

When a family member goes missing, it strikes fear in the heart of loved ones but panicking will not help the situation. The following steps can narrow the search and if authorities become involved will help them streamline the process. Contact authorities. Tell them you do not wish to wait 24 hours because your family […]

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? […]

Three Ways to Make Jail Calls Cheaper

Telephone calls are a lifeline between inmates and their families. Just hearing each other's voices helps ease the tension and anxiety surrounding incarceration. As nice as it is to get those calls, they can get expensive. The following three ideas can make the calls fit your budget better. Avoid Peak Hours for Collect Calls Many […]

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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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