Corrections experts from across Oregon converged on the Clatsop County Jail on Monday. Their mission: to determine whether or not the facility complies with the 309 requirements laid out by the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for a correctional facility. The inspection team interviewed deputies and inmates in addition to reviewing documentation of compliance with the Oregon jail standards.
The trained inspectors are drawn from around the state, and all are experts in jail operations. This team consisted of Jail Commanders and supervisors who came from Washington, Clackamas, Union, Yamhill and Columbia counties. Also present for the State was a Department of Corrections (DOC) Inspector.
This program has had a huge impact on increasing the level of professionalism and helping jails avoid liability exposure. Not only do they check policies, they check compliance with policies, because policies don't do you any good if you're not following them.
In the whole history of the interagency inspection program, launched in 1995, the Clatsop County Jail has increased it score from 70% in 2000 to it latest score of 97%.
Lead Jail Inspector from Washington County Marie Tyler told Sheriff Bergin at an exit interview how impressed the inspection team was with the jail staff professionalism and the cleanliness of the jail. Tyler also applauded the staff for their ability and efficiencies to work with such limited space. DOC Jail Inspector Mike Wilkerson also stated he was impressed with the comments by the inmates. He normally gets complaints from inmates in almost all jails regarding the food and medical care. The inmates at Clatsop County jail stated they felt safe and were treated professionally by staff members.
I am extremely proud of the Correctional Deputies and the work they have done to maintain such an efficient jail. To receive this type of score is testimony to their professionalism, integrity and hard work in a job that most people would never want to do.