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Adult Referral & Assessment Center (ARC)

The Adult Referral & Assessment Center (ARC) is the initial point of contact for offenders who will be supervised in Multnomah County Adult Community Justice. The purpose of The ARC is to provide the initial intake and assessment, case planning and limited case management for offenders who have been place on formal probation and to Parole/Post Prison offenders transitioning back to their communities.

Services include transitional housing, bus tickets, meal tickets, work related tools and clothing, personal hygiene kits, and other items on a case-by-case basis. The program also makes referrals to substance abuse and mental health providers. The ARC strives to accurately assess each offender's needs and assist in developing a preliminary case plan.

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Brian Valetski
Community Justice Manager

Local Control

Local Control is responsible for:

  • the identification of local control cases (persons receiving a felony sentence of 12 months or less)
  • development of case plans for each offender, screening for eligibility and consideration for community-based programs
  • movement of offenders from jail to community-based sanctions
  • supervision of offenders while they complete their sentences in the community
  • preparing release plans
  • the transfer of cases to post-prison supervision at the expiration of their sentences

Wende Kirby
Community Justice Manager

Post-Prison Supervision

Post-Prison Supervision is a part of the Local Control Services described above. It involves supervision of local control offenders as they transition into the community following felony prison sentences of 12 months or less. The Department's transitonal, day reporting, alcohol and drug, and employment services are available to assist with that objective. The Unit processes and supervises offenders jointly and in cooperation with the Sheriff's Office.

The Local Control Services Unit has also been designated local supervisory authority responsibilities such as jurisdiction over imposition of conditions of post-prison supervision and sanctions for violations of those conditions, and issuance of arrest warrants for local control felons. The unit additionally provides custody status change information to the department's Victim Services Coordinator on local control cases (see Victims' Services).

Wende Kirby
Community Justice Manager

Pre-Sentence Investigations

The Pre-sentence Investigation Unit contributes to a timely, fair, and consistent sentencing process. The Unit provides a full written investigation of the circumstances of a criminal offense, a defendant's criminal record, his/her social history and his/her present condition and environment and sentence recommendations. The investigation report assists the court by providing information that is relevant to the sentencing decision and by presenting sentencing options that give the offender an opportunity to achieve positive changes in the community through integrated supervision, treatment, and sanction strategies. As part of the pre-sentence investigation, victims are given the opportunity to tell how they have been impacted by the crime against them and are provided ongoing information during and after sentencing.

Wende Kirby
Community Justice Manager

Pre-Trial Supervision Programs

The Pre-Trial Supervision Programs (PSP) supervise defendants who are released from jail pending a court appearance and who require supervision in the community prior to trial. They support the efficient use of limited public safety resources and protect the community by helping to ensure that local jail beds are available to hold the most dangerous offenders.

PSP case managers and officers supervise defendants released prior to their court hearings. PSP has two primary goals: to protect community safety and ensure that defendants attend all court hearings.

PSP supervision allows defendants an opportunity to remain employed, in school, continue health are services, (drug/alcohol/mental health treatment) and remain in their home while being monitored in the community.

Defendants are monitored through a combination of phone contact, home visits, office appointments and (in some cases) electronic monitoring.

Defendants are referred to PSP by a judge. PSP evaluates each defendant's public safety and flight risk and then makes a recommendation to the court about whether the defendant is eligible for supervised pre-trial release. In some cases, judges may order that a defendant report to PSP directly in lieu of a formal evaluation.

PSP supervision ends after the defendant's criminal case is resolved.

PSP Main Number:

Don Trapp
PSP Manager

Recognizance Unit

The Recog unit interviews arrested defendants in jail to identify which defendants are low risks to re-offend until their next court appearance and who can be released from jail on their own recognizance. This unit supports the efficient use of limited public safety resources and protects the community by helping to ensure that local jail beds are available to hold the most dangerous offenders.

Recog staffs the jail 24 hours/7 days per week. Each year, Recog staff interview over 16,000 defendants in custody with a pending Multnomah County charge. Approximately one-third of these defendants are found eligible for release.

Recog staff use a standardized risk-assessment form (which rates each defendant's risk based on criminal history and other factors) to determine who can be released prior to their initial court appearance.

Release decisions are made based upon the probability the defendant will appear for arraignment, while protecting victims, witnesses, and the community.

Recog policies are developed in conjunction with judges, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the District Attorney's Office and other criminal justice system partners.

Dylan Arthur
Recog Manager