Doña Ana County



Santa Fe, New Mexico  –  The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council (ADPSC) awarded a Certificate of Accreditation to Doña Ana County Adult Detention Center on April 25, 2014.  The award will be presented during the New Mexico Association of Counties’ (NMAC) 78th Annual Conference on June 19, 2014 in Deming, NM.  The Certificate of Accreditation is awarded to those county detention facilities which meet or exceed best practice standards in detention, as developed and approved by the ADPSC.  The standards were developed for New Mexico jail facilities based on suggested best practices from detention facilities across the nation.  NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman said, “The Adult Detention Professional Standards Council has developed uncompromising, yet attainable, professional standards for detention facilities in New Mexico.”  


A joint initiative of NMAC and the New Mexico Municipal League, ADPSC’s mission is to enhance the professionalism, uniformity and consistency in the operation of detention facilities in New Mexico.  In 2010, ADPSC developed a voluntary accreditation program based on best practice recommendations of organizations such as the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, as well as best practices policies and procedures of detention facilities across the nation.  To date, five counties have attained accredited status, with three counties actively pursuing accreditation.  ADPSC Chair Manuel Romero said, “Doña Ana Detention Center’s accreditation reflects its commitment and focus on the accreditation process.  I congratulate the Doña Ana County Detention Center on this major accomplishment.”  


“We were delighted to see that all the hard work by the officers, supervisors, administrative staff and contractors, which earned this honor and recognition for our facility,” said Detention Director Chris Barela. “Earning this level of function reinforces our intent to assure conditions of confinement are humane for each and every person every day.  We will continue to honor their hard work by assuring we maintain and live up to this standard.  Special recognition goes to our compliance specialist Don Fennerty for the many hours he has put into this task and helping us get to this point.”


Founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1968, the New Mexico Association of Counties is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization governed by New Mexico county elected officials and employees.  Its mission is to serve as a statewide voice for all counties in New Mexico.  It accomplishes this by providing counties with legislative representation, general research, and training and assistance in developing and improving the administration and financing of county government.  NMAC also operates self-insurance pools on behalf of member counties, covering workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and property and casualty coverage.  Please contact Steve Kopelman at 505.469.5584 or or ADPSC Chair Manuel Romero at 505.629.8799 or  for more information.  Please visit the NMAC website at