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Multnomah County Department of Community Justice

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Justice & Legal


501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 250Portland, OR 97214 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

OUR VISION: Community Safety through Positive Change

OUR MISSION: Our mission is to enhance community safety and reduce criminal activity by holding youth and adults accountable in a fair and just manner, assisting them to develop skills necessary for success, and effectively using public resources.

A Just and Equitable System: We recognize the importance of actively addressing causes of minority overrepresentation in the justice system as a means of ensuring just and equitable treatment of youth and adult offenders.

Collaborative Relationships: We believe that, in order to enhance public safety, we must work together with our partners, including the judiciary, law enforcement, schools, treatment agencies and the community.

Diversity & Cultural Responsiveness: We value and respect diversity within our staff, our clients, and our community, and take seriously our responsibility to provide culturally specific services in a competent manner. The historical and cultural diversity of the community is viewed as a strength in achieving our mission.

Healthy Families: We value families for their role in strengthening our communities and preventing criminal behavior; and empowering families as full partners in the behavioral change effort.

Information Based Decisions: We are dedicated to continuous improvement and use data and best practices to help guide our decision making.
Innovation: We are always looking for new ways to enhance public safety by creating best practices - exhibiting responsible risk-taking and demonstrating the courage to go in new directions.

Investing in Employees: We invest in our employees by providing education, training, and opportunities for their personal and professional growth. We value a balance between professional responsibilities and personal life.
Respect: We value the highest standards of professional behavior, including treating people with dignity, promoting effective communication, resolving conflicts peacefully, acting with integrity, taking initiative, and accepting personal responsibility for our organizational culture.

Stewardship: We recognize our responsibility to protect our resources and use them wisely through sound financial management and environmentally sustainable operations.


The Department of Community Justice (DCJ) serves a vital role in protecting our public safety and the strength of our communities. We intervene to prevent the recurrence of crime among juvenile and adult defendants and offenders by supervising them and getting them the help they need to change problem behavior. We provide supervision and treatment resources to youth, adults, families, and communities to address the underlying issues and problems that drive crime. Our efforts are guided by a range of supervision, technology, evidence-based strategies to maximize our resources and results.


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