HOT TOPIC: EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has joined efforts with local law enforcement and other agency partners to help implement a new state law, SB 719, aimed at saving lives and preventing gun violence.  District Attorney Underhill is grateful to have worked with Oregon Senators Ginny Burdick and Brian Boquist in drafting and later helping to pass this […]

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HOT TOPIC: Treatment First Program Shows Positive Results

Since 1991, the Multnomah County Sanctions Treatment Opportunities Progress (STOP) Drug Court has been available for most people that are charged in Multnomah County with a felony drug possession crime. The objective for STOP Court is to significantly reduce drug abuse within the community. Throughout the years, STOP Court has assisted in the reduction of […]

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HOT TOPIC: LEAD® Program Helps Drug Users Break Cycle of Use

In an effort to reduce future criminal behavior by people involved in low-level drug offenses and reduce the number of persons of color being arrested and referred to the criminal justice system, County and City leaders are launching an innovative pilot project called LEAD® or Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion. What is LEAD®? LEAD® is a […]

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HOT TOPIC – Material Witnesses

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Material Witness policy is reproduced below.  The policy is designed to ensure that the practice of requesting that the court issue a warrant is used sparingly and with great oversight.  Material witness warrants are relatively rare in Multnomah County. 3.55  Material Witness Warrant Policy ORS 136.608 – 136.614 authorize […]

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HOT TOPIC – Juvenile Ballot Measure 11 Cases

In June 2016, District Attorney Underhill implemented a new policy aimed to safely reduce the number of young people (ages 15 -17) prosecuted under Oregon’s Ballot Measure 11 mandatory sentencing scheme.  Results of the change in policy are very positive – with more work to be done concerning efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities […]

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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Coming to Multnomah County Soon

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is an effort by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and community partners to implement a diversion program that better responds to individuals in our community needing treatment and services due to drug addiction. LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program that allows officers to redirect low-level offenders engaged in drug […]

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Prosecutors Against Gun Violence Domestic Violence Summit

Members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), a diverse coalition of prosecutors from across the country, held a summit focusing on the connection between incidents of domestic violence and gun violence on Thursday, October 29, 2015 and Friday, October 30, 2015. Co-chairs of the event were Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Manhattan District Attorney […]

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