Get Out of Jail: 'Emergency Releases' are Back (Updated with Ted Wheeler Comment)


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After a 15-month lull, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office reported this week they were once again forced to release prisoners because local jails were full. The sheriff's office let 30 prisoners walk free in the past week: 10 on June 14, and 20 on June 16. Twelve of those prisoners were arrested for property crimes like identity theft and car theft. Another 12 were arrested for drug crimes ...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

One Guess As To Why An Oregon Sheriff Resigned


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Marion County is a little far afield for us here at WW. But in the spirit of more local scandals involving former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto, current Portland Mayor Sam Adams and their national counterparts in South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and U.S. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), we can report that Marion County Sheriff ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 HANK STERN

What A Grand Jury Thinks About Multnomah County Corrections


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In what's become the equivalent of a yearly spanking for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, a special grand jury today rolled out its annual report (PDF) on the local jail system. Like previous reports, this year's assessment blasted the county-run jail system as hugely wasteful and inefficient. But unlike past years, where the grand jury was heavily critical of particular leaders (including ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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