Jail Break

Health insurance companies covering jail inmates shift millions in costs to taxpayers. Now they have to stop.

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Lawmakers fell short on some high-profile bills in the even-year session that ended last week, including the Columbia River Crossing, gun control and marijuana legalization. But the Legislature    More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Corrections Grand Jury: Suicide is Main Concern for Jails

A yearly report on jails and prisons in Multnomah County says suicide prevention is the main concern of the grand jurors tasked with studying the local corrections system. The corrections grand jury report (PDF) released today by the District Attorney's Office says the downtown Multnomah County Detention Center has had two suicides since July 2009. There was one suicide in the four years prior ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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

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

What A Grand Jury Thinks About Multnomah County Corrections

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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