Portland considers jail alternatives for mentally ill, drug addicted

The mayor's office and Multnomah County are asking for legal research on a jail alternative.

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 6:42 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2018 7:27 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Public records show Portland officials are in the early stages of exploring whether the city can create a jail alternative for people arrested for non-violent acts related to mental health or addiction.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports deputy city attorney Andrea Barraclough responded to Mayor Ted Wheeler's senior adviser in September. Barraclough said she believes the city could create such a space.

She also said that type of facility would need approval from state regulators and likely would need to follow the same laws as correctional facilities.

On Monday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's senior aide Berk Nelson said that the mayor's office, in coordination with Multnomah County, asked for legal research on a jail alternative.

Nelson said officials want to find mentally ill or drug addicted people a better place to go, other than the county lock-up, if arrested.


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