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Jail Inspection Program
Law requires that the Department of Corrections inspect jails and juvenile detention facilities in Oregon.  The purpose of the inspection is to ensure these facilities comply with Oregon law and to report the findings to the authorities responsible for the facility’s operation and control.  The department employs two part-time jail inspectors to oversee this program.  Currently, there are approximately 152 county/city correctional facilities, city lockups, temporary holding facilities, and juvenile correctional or detention centers within the state of Oregon. 
 
For purposes of jail inspections, the state is divided into geographic areas.  Inspector Mike Wilkerson is responsible for the Oregon Coastal Counties, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties in the Portland Metro area, and the Willamette Valley Counties from Lane County north.  Inspector Ted Nelson is responsible for all counties east of the Cascade mountain range and the southern Oregon counties of Douglas, Josephine and Jackson as well as Washington County in the Portland Metro area.
 
If you have any questions or would like to call for an inspection, the inspector can be contacted by email or phone at (503) 945-9050.
 

Types of Adult Jail Facilities and Frequency of Inspection
Local Correctional Facility means a jail or prison for the reception and confinement of prisoners that is provided, maintained and operated by a county or city and holds persons for more than 36 hours.  These facilities are inspected every two years.
 
Lockup means a facility for the temporary detention of arrested persons held up to 36 hours, excluding holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, but the period in lockup shall not exceed 96 hours after booking.  These facilities are inspected every two years.
 
Temporary Hold means a facility, the principal purpose of which is the temporary detention of a prisoner for four or less hours while awaiting court appearance or transportation to a local correctional facility.  These facilities are inspected every three years.
 
**Juvenile correctional or detention facilities are inspected every year**

Jail Inspection Standards
Jail inspection standards for adult facilities are found in Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 169.076 to 169.078.  Those for juvenile detention facilities can be found in ORS 169.740.   Facilities are inspected against these standards by the department in accordance with the specific timeframes for each type of facility.