On June 1, 2023, Multnomah County will begin to implement changes to the pretrial system.
Individuals suspected of committing crimes have due process rights guaranteed by the U.S. and Oregon Constitutions. The right to physical liberty is one of the foundational principles of the United States Constitution. The pretrial justice system must uphold this fundamental principle while balancing these Constitutional rights with public safety, accountability, equity, and fairness.
Over the past several years, Multnomah County’s public safety partners have committed to improving the pretrial system so that it better promotes and supports these values, including community safety and well-being; improved rates of pretrial court appearances; the rights of victims; and a fair and equitable justice system for all. These partners must account for public safety from all perspectives — from the person who experienced harm to the collateral consequences on justice-invovled individuals (e.g., losing housing, child custody and employment).
In addition, as this national video about pretrial justice illustrates, pretrial risk is solely defined by two factors: the risk of not returning to court and the risk of committing a new crime if released before the completion of the case. Through collaboration, research and data analysis, input from stakeholders, and more, we continue to work to improve outcomes for those charged with a crime while protecting victims and the community at large.
See the Pretrial Resource Guide for information about:
- What pretrial and pretrial release are
- How the current pretrial system works
- Values guiding decision-making in the pretrial system
- Changes to pretrial system
- The Public Safety Assessment
- Pretrial monitoring
- Ensuring defendants charged with a serious or violent crime don't get released
- Pretrial data
- System partners’ roles
- How partners work together
Read supporting materials and best practices.
For information about contacting or getting to pretrial services, visit Pretrial Services Program