In the News
Multnomah County Secures Federal Funds to Keep Youth Offenders at Home
The Skanner 2-18-24
...Working with youth in their own homes has been shown to produce better long-term results than sending teens to correctional institutions, says Christina McMahan, assistant director of the county’s Department of Community Justice...
Multnomah County taps federal dollars for new juvenile justice program
The Oregonian 2-18-14
A new Multnomah County initiative to keep wayward kids with their families and out of jail could spur big changes to the youth corrections system statewide.
...The idea, said Christina McMahan, an assistant director in the county Department of Community Justice's juvenile services division, is that kids who are stay in their home environment have a better chance of avoiding repeat run-ins with the law than kids who are uprooted...
SaulPaul Visits the Northwest to Deliver Inspirational Message to Youth
The Skanner 2-12-14
...Wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with the words, Education Not Incarceration, he spoke to children and teens involved in the juvenile justice system at a special event in the Multnomah County boardroom, Feb. 5.
The next day he took the same message of hope and encouragement to youth in the Donald E. Long juvenile detention center...
Cooking For The Future
...Tonight’s chefs are part of Multnomah County’s Culinary Arts Youth Program, a yearlong class offered to youth ages 14 to 18 who’ve landed in the criminal justice system.
“They could be in foster care, or they’ve committed some crime, but they’re not currently incarcerated,” says Kim Pidcoke, culinary arts instructor. “This is an entirely voluntary program, so they are choosing to be here.”...
Special court for military veterans planned for Multnomah County
The Oregonian 1-18-14
Military veterans who commit nonviolent crimes in Multnomah County could soon get help through a special court to access alcohol, drug or mental health treatment and other counseling to keep them from reoffending...
Multnomah County Circuit Judge Julie E. Frantz and Ginger Martin, deputy director of the county's Department of Community Justice, have been leading a committee for more than a year to develop a program in Portland...
...Until now, the county's Department of Community Justice hasn't asked offenders if they're military veterans. "Now we are asking those questions,'' Martin said. "We need to do the outreach to find and refer them to ... services.
"Time to Regroup
Portland's Finally Ready to Study Its Gang Problem
The Portland Mercury 1-8-14
...That effort, the most comprehensive in Portland's decades-old struggle with street gangs, might be long overdue.
"There's a lot of energy in our community around this issue," Christina McMahan, who oversees juvenile probation in the county, said at a recent meeting of the region's Local Public Safety Coordinating Council. "But sometimes, literally, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. We don't know how all the pieces of the puzzle come together."...
Volunteers keep Multnomah County, Ore. community justice running
The National Association of Counties Newsletter 12-16-13
For the department, which has almost 500 permanent employees, 140 volunteers are allowing staff members to do what only they have been trained to do, while getting a chance to contribute to the community or gain valuable experience.
“They provide supplemental experience and programming that we don’t have the resources or capacity to provide,” said Stephanie Bolson, the department’s volunteer and intern coordinator. “For example, our records techs and administrators are stretched pretty thin, so having additional support allows them to focus on their core functions.”
Willamette Week 11-13-13
A property in foreclosure attracts a trio of convicted felons—who just won’t leave...Dollard says he feels lucky he found a parole officer willing to help him when the lender and the city failed in their responsibilities...
Out of the Frying Pan... Prison Reform Might Increase Jail Demand
The Portland Mercury 10-9-13
IF YOU'RE THE TYPE to bemoan the state's prison bloat, then you'll like House Bill 3194.
..."The people who used to get a prison sentence—most of those people are going to see some jail time," says Ginger Martin, deputy director of the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice. "There's pressure there for additional beds."
'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...