Clackamas County Jail earns 100% compliance rating during OSSA inspection

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: May 26, 2015, 12:07 p.m.


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Last week the Clackamas County Jail earned a 100% compliance rating with the statewide Oregon Jail Standards during an inspection by the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association (OSSA).

There have only been a few jails in Oregon that have achieved a 100% compliance rating since these inspections began.

This is the second time the Clackamas County Jail has received a 100% rating.

These inspections are done every two years. A team of inspectors from the OSSA -- comprising jail personnel from around the region -- visit facilities and confirm compliance to standards with a full review of policies, documentation of practices, and observation of jail staff's procedures.

Highlights from the OSSA inspection team's report, presented last week to Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts:

  • The inspection team praised the professionalism and respect of Clackamas County Jail staff in its interactions with inmates.
  • The team commended the jail's communication with inmates with mental health issues and in other crises.
  • The inspectors praised the cleanliness of the jail -- and were especially impressed by the jail's kitchen.


The OSSA voluntarily adopted the Oregon Jail Standards in 2000.

The Oregon Jail Standards provide agencies with non-binding guidelines designed to improve the operation/management of their jail facility and to reinforce and enhance staff professionalism. The Standards are stringent and encompass every aspect of jail operations, in minute detail.

The standards are based on meeting constitutional and statutory requirements, sound corrections practice, and the application of the line and management levels in our jails.

The Oregon Jail Standards are based on constitutional and statutory requirements. There are 309 standards -- covering everything in a jail from intake to inmate programs to food services to health-care services to release procedures.

The Oregon Jail Inspectors are jail employees from agencies around the region. Most of them are senior employees with many years of experience -- sergeants, lieutenants, captains and commanders in their own facilities.

In addition, a mandatory state inspection as mandated under Oregon Revised Statutes 169.076 is conducted and reported to the State of Oregon.


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Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office