November 8th 2021
Communications Director, Elisabeth Shepard
2021 Multnomah County Corrections Grand Jury report released
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the release of the 2021 Multnomah County Corrections Grand Jury Report.
This year’s Corrections Grand Jury (CGJ) focused on the facility staffing, whole person services acknowledging the impact cycles of incarceration and recidivism, equity and inclusion, facilities capital improvement, juvenile programming with an emphasis on trauma-informed approaches, the role of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), pandemic response, food and assisting defense attorneys in obtaining signatures from Adults in Custody (AIC).
“As we continue to persist through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Corrections Grand Jury report remains paramount to both understanding and advancing the effectiveness of local corrections facilities, not as punitive institutions but as venues for rehabilitation and healing despite our external challenges. I am committed to collaborating with county partners and impacted communities to continue integrating the recommendations of the CGJ. I’d like to extend particular appreciation to the County and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) for bringing on MCSO’s first-ever Equity and Inclusion Manager just last year. I believe this position is essential across law enforcement agencies. I look forward to continuing to see the return on this investment in the corrections community as it relates to guiding directional and operational decision-making,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt.
The CGJ convened for several weeks to collect information and to prepare a report on the condition and management of the four correctional facilities located in Multnomah County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CGJ did not visit any of the four correctional facilities located within Multnomah County this year.
A full copy of the grand jury report, in compliance with ORS 132.440, can be obtained by clicking here.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the seven grand jurors for their dedicated efforts. Furthermore, we recognize Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Cleary and Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Lowe for assisting and advising this grand jury.