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Inverness Jail

Multnomah County SheriffAbout

The Multnomah County Inverness Jail (MCIJ) is a medium security adult corrections facility providing proper custody, control and supervision for county, state and federal inmates in Multnomah County. It opened in 1988, expanded in 1991, and expanded again in 1998. MCIJ is a direct-supervision facility with a mix of open dormitory and single cell housing. Units house from 10 up to 78 inmates and each have a staffed deputy station.

Gold certification

  • By replacing the kitchen’s dishwasher, upgrading shower heads, and replacing sink and toilet valves, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office avoids over $200,000 in utility costs per year.
  • In the laundry facility, a heat and water recapture retrofit resulted in an 80% reduction in water consumption.
  • Purchasing cleaners in bulk avoids almost $268,000 each year.
  • Installed nature imagery in all of the jail dorm rooms, featuring Pacific Northwest landmarks, like Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge, and beautiful landscapes
  • 16 raised garden beds are located at Inverness Jail, tended to by Multnomah County staff who teach inmates garden skills, like growing food organically and harvesting food. Approximately 1,500 pounds of organically-grown produce is donated to SnowCap Community Charities and other food pantries each year.
  • Digitized the law library for inmate access, which avoids spending approximately $70,000 per year in textbook upgrades and book repairs
  • Discontinued freely supplied paper and over 1.2 million golf pencils to inmates by changing to notepads and reusable flex pens.
  • Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office leadership and staff meeting with the County’s Office of Sustainability and Facilities team to work toward goals outlined in the Sustainable Jails Project plan.


11540 NE Inverness Dr Portland, OR 97220