Corrections Division & Jail

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Our Mission

It is the mission of the Clatsop County Detention Center to provide a safe and secure institution that conforms to Oregon Revised Statutes for the incarceration of the pre-adjudicated and sentenced offenders as mandated by the courts. The correctional facility will classify and house offenders for the maximum protection of staff and inmates while attempting to release the inmate back into the community safely. The facility will maintain an institutional climate so that every inmate may complete his/her term of confinement with a minimum of corrosive effect and a maximum gain in ability to more adequately maintain a successful community adjustment following release.

Our Goal

"To protect the community, to carry out judgments imposed by the courts, to provide a safe and humane environment for those committed to our custody and to strive to increase the number of inmates who return to the community as law-abiding citizens."

The Clatsop County Jail is an adult facility housing up to 60 inmates per the cap established by the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. During the year, approximately 2,500 individuals are booked and released from the county jail. 

It is the legal obligation of the Clatsop County Sheriff to provide a safe, sanitary and secure place of detention for all persons committed to his jurisdiction for detention or correction. The Sheriff must protect the community by securely holding persons who are determined by the courts to pose a threat to public safety. Further, the Sheriff must protect the inmates of the jail and the staff who work there.

One of the additional functions of the jail is serving as the depository for all county warrants. The jail's 24/7 operation allows for ready access to the warrant information. The jail runs a successful work crew program, which allows for inmates to be used to assist public entities with cost-saving work projects. Some of those projects include restoration of views at Fort Stevens State Park and preparing campsites for our county visitors.

The jail also performs service to community members requiring fingerprints for employment purposes. This service is provided seven days a week in the morning hours. Jail staff is responsible for answering the National Warning System (NAWAS) radio for all-weather events and tsunami warnings. The facility will serve the needs of all user agencies and individuals, including inmates, staff, law enforcement, judicial authorities, attorneys, community service providers, clergy, and visitors.