In the News
'Game changer' to reshape rehab
Portland Tribune 9-19-13
It took Jerome Gilgan three stints in residential treatment before he started to get a handle on his drug addiction and his life of crime.
...The county is primarily interested in lowering crime, and the most impact will occur if the most expensive treatment is reserved for addicted parolees and probationers most likely to re-offend, says Ginger Martin, deputy director for Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice...
Multnomah County Garden Gives Youth Job Skills- Video
The Skanner 9-17-13
For weeks this summer Eric Lester and Jamall Kingham have been busy planting, weeding and watering produce at the Hands of Wonder Garden. By the end of August, they were harvesting everything from kale, lettuce and peppers to tomatoes, herbs and apples...
Juvenile offenders open new farmers market
KGW Channel 8 News 8-28-13
A gardening program for youth offenders opened up a new farmers market. Wednesday was the first day of operation, for the market inside the Donald E. Long Juvenile Justice Center...
Oregon plans to change requirements for GED
Statesman Journal 7-8-13
...“We’re talking about dropouts who become adults that get caught in a cycle of low-wage jobs,” said Carole Scholl, manager of the Londer Learning Center. Scholl said that ever since the economy gave out, “they’ve had a harder time finding work because the recession put the higher-skilled workers into low-wage jobs and bumped out further people who haven’t graduated.”...
Portland groups join hands for mass 'shout-out' to beat GED deadline
...Krystal Stockam, 29, recently graduated from the GED program after taking classes at the Londer Center for Learning...
Activists take neighborhoods back from gangs
KOIN News 6-29-13
Pastors, deacons, police and community activists gathered on a hot night in the East Burnside neighborhood of Portland, an area known for gang activity, to take back the streets and show residents they care...
Police Gang Task Force adds patrols when it's hot outside
KATU News 6-29-13
The Portland police gang task force prepares for the possibility of more crime when the weather gets hot...
PHOTOS: Caps and Gowns Add Glamor to Londer Learning Center Graduation
The Skanner 6-19-13
Joy, tears and excitement were on display at Multnomah County last Thursday, when the Londer Learning Center held a graduation ceremony for its GED class of 2013...
Londer Center celebrates 20th graduation with a first: caps and gowns
One morning two years ago, Ezekiel Stroschein was in his cell at the Oregon State Correctional Institution reading the newspaper when a story caught his attention. It was about graduation at Londer Learning Center, which helps adults on probation, parole or recovering from drug addiction earn their GEDs...
Pressure Release- Why Are Our Jails Overcrowded? No One Knows for Sure.
The Portland Mercury 6-12-13
..."I think over the summer we'll surface some suggestions," said Scott Taylor, director of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice and a member ...
Can Portland Turn Around the Crisis Facing Black Boys and Men?
The Skanner 4-23-13
Unique collaboration lands Portland in National League of Cities program...
Rossing and Morris: keeping us ready and safe
The SW Connection March, 2013
Every day, hundreds of volunteers make our community a better place to live. This column features volunteers whose energy and commitment promote a sense of community and inspire us...
Prison sentences longer in Marion County
Statesman Journal 2-27-2013
The district attorney in Marion County sends people to prison for longer periods and more frequently than does the DA in Multnomah County...
Drug therapy injects change into wary recovery community (Part 1)
The Portland Tribune 1-17-13
...The controversy surrounding where to place addicts being treated with methadone is a microcosm of the larger controversy about which treatments should be available for whom.
For Kathleen Treb, the imperative has become to do something different, even on a trial basis. Treb, deputy director of community justice for Multnomah County, was being told by the nonprofits who treat the county’s probationers and parolees that their treatment models weren’t working. Their clients were leaving treatment in unprecedented numbers, even knowing they would be violating the terms of their probation...
Drug therapy for drug addiction? (Part 2)
The Portland Tribune 1-24-13
Tim Hartnett, the executive director of the oldest methadone clinic in Multnomah County, believes we are on the cusp of a new age of recovery treatment that will increasingly rely on medications to help people deal with their addictions and stabilize their lives.
Neighbors say 11-year-old suspect in attempted carjacking, robbery has a history of vandalism, trespass problems
..."Whenever any child gets their hands on a firearm, that's reason enough to be concerned," said Dave Riley, a Multnomah County juvenile counselor. "One time is too many, as far as we're concerned. Our job here is to make sure the community is safe, and that children and families who get involved in cases like these get the support they need."...
Kids & Guns
KGW Ch. 8 News 12-10-12
When two youth, eleven and seven years old, are accused of carjacking with a loaded handgun, it brings up the question "How young is too young to be arrested?" Juvenile Court Counselor, David Riley, helps look at some of the issues involved...
Gang Task Force Turns out to Mayor Adams Last Meeting as Leader
The Skanner 12-7-12
Portland’s gang task force meeting drew a larger crowd than usual, to say goodbye to Mayor Sam Adams, who co-chaired his final meeting as mayor...
Girls Get a Powerful Warning About Gangs But Also Love and Support
The Skanner 11-9-12
...Ericka Pruitt of Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice, told Portland’s Nov. 9 gang task force meeting that 75 gang members had now attended a call in.
“Everybody was there really clearly giving a message about accountability, but also a message about love,” Pruitt said...
Oregon prison puzzle: Cut costs but keep public safe
For months, 12 Oregonians have been wrestling with the mathematics of justice in Oregon -- who's going to prison, who's falling off probation, what percentage of new inmates are "low risk" or "nonviolent." ...
Gangs still intimidate, but quietly
The Portland Tribune 10-10-12
...Thach Nguyen, manager of juvenile counseling and court services for Multnomah County, says Asian gangs have learned how to keep from showing up on police radar...
Steve Duin: Women work the harvest to pay back a debt to their community
Waiting in the early morning shadow of the Morrison Bridge, they have the hoods up and the glower down...