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Multnomah County Detention Center


The Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) is a maximum security facility located in downtown Portland. It opened in 1983, occupies a portion of the Justice Center building, and is a direct-supervision layout with each housing area having a staffed deputy station. MCDC serves as the initial booking facility for all arrestees within Multnomah County, houses adults in custody for the County, as well as state and federal inmates involved in court matters.


  • Purchasing cleaners in bulk avoids waste from 16,960 new jugs 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
  • Durable sandals replaced flimsy sandals which cut purchases from 9,289 pairs in 2017 to 2,088 (projected) pairs in 2018.
  • Inmates use books that have been donated by the Multnomah County Library and books are recirculated for others to use.
  • Annually, more than 130 computers and electronic devices are donated to Free Geek.
  • Digitized the law library for inmate access, which avoids spending approximately $70,000 per year in textbook upgrades and book repairs.
  • 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.


1120 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204