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Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese

Audit: Multnomah County jail conditions worse for Black people, mentally ill

Conditions in Multnomah County's two jails are worse for people in custody who are Black and those who have mental health conditions, according to an audit released Wednesday by Multnomah County. In response, Sheriff Mike Reese said he’s “committed to evaluating our policies and practices” to uphold the community’s expectations.




The Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Ore., is pictured on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Judge increases fines, pressure on Oregon State Hospital as it fails to admit defendants

In an unusual move, the Multnomah County Circuit Court judge found the Oregon State Hospital in contempt of a previous contempt order for failing to transport two defendants from the Multnomah County Jail who were found guilty except for insanity. The two men have been waiting for admission for months and now fines have increased to $2,500 per day, per defendant as long as they wait in jail.





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