Welcome to the Oregon Sheriff's Jail Command Council website. 
OSJCC, formerly known as the Oregon Jail Manager's Association, is an affiliate of the Oregon State
Sheriff's Association and represents the interests of jails throughout Oregon.
Captain Mary Linstrand
Chair
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
11540 NE Inverness Drive
Portland Oregon 97220
(503)988-5434
mary.lindstrand@mcso.us
Captain Stewart Harp
Co-Chair
Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
4700 NW Pioneer Place
Pendleton Oregon 97801
(541)966-3629
sharp@umatillacounty.net
Captain Mary Atoe-Savaiinaea
Co-Vice Chair
Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility
201 Webber Street
The Dalles Oregon 97058
(541)506-2916
matoe@norcor.co

Oregon Jails

Oregon law requires the Sheriff of each county in Oregon to operate a jail to lodge adult pre-trial and sentenced offenders. Jails do much more than simply house prisoners. In most Oregon counties, jail staff are also responsible for inmate admissions court security, transports, rehabilitative programs, and other additional support unit work groups. Many Oregon sheriff’s also run work camps, work crews, work release centers, home detention and in some counties, parole and probation services.

2006 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2007 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2008 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2009 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2010 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2011 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2012 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2013 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)
2014 Jail Beds, Admissions, Prison Commitments, Total Crime per 1,000 Population (pdf spreadsheet)

Jail vs. Prison - Is there a difference?

Operating a jail is much different than operating a prison. Admission numbers tell a lot of the story.
An average 200-300 bed jail in Oregon will process between 6,000 and 10,000 inmates throughout the course of a year. A 500-600 bed jail in Oregon will process up to 20,000 inmates per year. With the downsizing and closure of state mental hospitals, many people who would have been treated in a medical setting now inhabit Oregon jails facing a variety of misdemeanor or felony charges. It is a fact that about 20% of all jail inmates suffer from significant mental illness. Additionally, 85% of jail inmates have drug and alcohol addictions or abuse problems and are often initially arrested while under the influence of at least one substance. This makes them a highly volatile group.

Prisons are under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Corrections, a state agency, and provide a different and unique service to the state’s citizens. Prisons house long term sentenced felons. A 500-bed prison will likely see a 200 to 300 inmate turnover during the year, or a total of around 750 inmates. Not only are all of these prisoners sentenced, they arrive from jails or other state agencies, and are generally free from substance use.

Jail Operations

Oregon Sheriff’s operate 31 jail facilities.  On one hand, Multnomah and Lane Counties operate multiple facilities.  On the other hand, several of the smaller counties east of the Cascade Mountains share a single jail facility run by NORCOR, a regional jail in The Dalles that serves Wasco, Hood River, Gilliam and Sherman Counties.  The Warm Springs Tribe participates in OSJCC although their jail facility is not run by a sheriff.  Wallowa and Wheeler Counties do not operate jails.

Oregon jail managers have created a cooperative statewide prisoner shuttle system for efficiency in transporting prisoners among the many facilities. Many jails also staff a transport unit with a handful of deputies to facilitate inmate movement. In many cases, inmates must also be shuttled to the local courthouse, and with the thousands of inmates booked each year, this can become a formidable task. Jails across the state also work cooperatively when dealing with problem inmates, or medical issues, and facilities share discipline information when appropriate.

Rehabilitation

Inmate programs that provide basic life skills, mental health care, and those geared for rehabilitation have grown tremendously in the states’ jails. These programs provide some of the most encouraging statistics relating to jails. A recent jail study was conducted regarding change in criminal behavior based on participation in inmate programs. The study revealed a 50% decrease in the average number of arrests, the average number of felony charges, and the average number of person to person crime convictions. Oregon jails are on the right track.

 

Oregon Jail Manager Roster

OSJCC By-Laws

Oregon Transport Association

OSJCC Award Recipients for 2014

Jail Commander of the Year:
Commander Shelia Lorance, Marion County Sheriff's Office

Supervisor of the Year:
Sergeant Brad Cook, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Deputy of the Year:
Corporal Rex Medlen,Washington County Sheriff's Office

Volunteer of the Year:
Retired Major Jim Turney, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office


OSJCC Meeting Schedule for 2015

June 11th and 12th - OSJCC
Tillamook County Sheriff's Office, Tillamook Oregon

September 24th and 25st - OSJCC
Washington County Sheriff's Office, Hillsboro Oregon

December 6th - 10th - OSSA/OSJCC Annual Awards Banquet
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Bend Oregon

Be sure to mark your calendars!

 

External Links

Oregon State Sheriff's Association

American Jail Association

Oregon Association of Community
Corrections Directors

Oregon Criminal Justice Association

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)

National Institute of Corrections

 


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