Arduous shifts are becoming more common at the jail, which have raised tensions between boots-on-the-ground jail staff and command staff at the sheriff's office. OPB spoke with six current deputies about the county's recent changes.
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.
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.
The county auditor recommended the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office make it easier for people in custody to stay connected to the outside world at a time when COVID-19 precautions have put a temporary halt on in-person visits.