PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the release of the 2022 Multnomah County Corrections Grand Jury Report.
This year’s Corrections Grand Jury (CGJ) focused on a wide scope of issues including but not limited to programming, facility maintenance, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), Safety and Grievance Procedure, Staffing, Medical Services, Food, Laundry, Prevalence of Controlled Substances, 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,” 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. This year, the CGJ was able to physically tour each of the four correctional facilities located within Multnomah County.
A full copy of the grand jury report, in compliance with ORS 132.440, can be obtained by clicking here: 2022 CGJ Final Report
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes the seven grand jurors for their dedicated efforts. Furthermore, we recognize Multnomah County Deputy District Attorneys Travis Sewell and Jeffrey Lowe for assisting and advising this grand jury.