Marion County Jail
4000 Aumsville Hwy. SE
Salem, OR 97317
The Marion County Jail (MCJ) is a 151,000 square foot structure currently housing 400 adults in custody. The facility is a "direct supervision" jail where deputies are assigned inside the housing units. This management philosophy allows deputies to be proactive in the day to day operations of the jail.
Part of the direct supervision management philosophy is based on positive adult in custody behavior that allows certain individuals expanded (limited) privileges based on behavior. Examples of privileges include, commissary, less restrictive living environments, greater out of cell time and/or being allowed to participate in programs and work projects. Programs including AA, Prison Fellowship and church-affiliated programs are only a few of the many programs individuals may be involved in. Work programs are designed to reduce costs associated with operating the facility. Adults in custody may work in the kitchen, do laundry and perform janitorial services throughout the facility.
MCJ books approximately 16,000 people per year. In addition to those being booked, the facility houses individuals awaiting trial, individuals sentenced for one year or less, individuals being held for federal authorities and individuals sentenced to a state correctional facility/penitentiary. The facility also operates as a hub for prisoner exchange. Other jails throughout the state bring prisoners to Marion County to be transported/transferred to other facilities throughout the state and neighboring states. This system keeps transportation costs down and is reflected in a direct savings to the county budget.
More than 100 citizen volunteers provide an array of services at little or no cost to taxpayers that are designed to assist adults in custody with problems or reintroduce them back into society. The facility has classes on A/A, Drug & Alcohol education, a GED Program and religious programs.