The Doña Ana County Detention Center has been working closely with area law enforcement agencies and the judicial system to reduce the number of detainees in custody, to further enhance preventive measures and minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to the community, staff or detainees.
Detention Center Implements COVID-19 Protections
Though in-person family visits are temporarily discontinued, extended online remote visitation hours are now in effect, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Additionally, each adult detainee is provided two free 10-minute calls and one free 30-minute remote video visitation per week.
Family members may have either free or fee-based calls and video visits from home, using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, at . Texting is available via www.gettingout.com.
For more information, please visit https://www.donaanacounty.org/detention/visitation.
Juvenile detainees also have access to two free 10-minute phone calls, per week. However, that facility lacks video visitation capabilities. The Juvenile Facility lobby has restricted access. However, parents or guardians may schedule visits in advance, by calling (575) 647-7680.
The lobby kiosk for depositing funds into a detainee’s account is deactivated. Family and friends may provide funds to detainees’ accounts, using the detainee’s identification number, via one of the following options:
- Phone: (866) 345-1884
- Online: www.accesscorrections.com
- Mail: send only money order or cashier's check to:
- Detainee's Name and ID Number (Ex: John Smith #20876)
- Doña Ana County Detention Center
- PO Box 454
- Las Cruces, NM 88004
How the Detention Center is Working
to Keep Detainees Safe
The Detention Center is working to provide a safe and secure facility for all detainees in consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we have put in place several things to help prevent the introduction of COVID-19 into the facility and increase our ability to limit and contain any positive cases of COVID-19 within the facility.
In Detainee Housing Areas:
- Infection prevention information posted on detainee tablets and in housing areas for informational purposes.
- All Detainees are provided with soap and hot water. They are able to purchase additional personal hygiene items through commissary and can request additional supplies from Detention Staff as needed.
- All Detainees are issued personal supplies of toilet paper and may purchase additional amount through commissary and can request additional supplies through Detention Staff as needed.
- All Detainee housing units have supplies of DMQ Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner to clean and disinfect dayroom areas, tables, seats, telephones, restrooms, and cell areas and can request additional amounts of DMQ Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner if their supply runs low. It is effective against COVID-19 when used appropriately.
- Medical staff conducts CDC / NM Department of Health recommended COVID-19 screening of all new intakes in the Sally Port prior to entry into the facility.
- Medical staff has a comprehensive infection control program in place to prevent the spread of any infectious disease.
- Medical staff has COVID-19 testing kits to allow for testing, if needed, for any positive COVID-19 detainee screening.
- Medical staff monitors detainees in 14-day quarantine closely for any potential symptoms.
- All staff received training on infection control, hand washing, and use of personal protective equipment like gloves and masks.
- There are sufficient areas in the facility to house suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases in quarantine or isolation in order to prevent its spread to the rest of the population. To include:
- 14-day intake quarantine area for all new intakes
- 14-day quarantine of detainees with travel and/or symptoms related to COVID-19 separate from other detainees
- Isolation for infected detainees
- Enhanced Infection Control Sanitation Procedures in effect using high quality disinfectants
Trinity Food Service:
- Emergency meals plans in place and sufficient food supplies to prepare and serve two (2) weeks' worth of meals to be on-site within a week. Contingency plans in place to allow for uninterrupted food service in the event of staffing shortages.
Photo taken by Sandra Munoz.
The Doña Ana County Detention Center has a staff of 197 full-time positions, which include administrative, security, support and medical staff. In addition to county employees, there are 41 contract personnel and, at any given time, up to 67 volunteers.
- Support Services Administrator: Vacant
- Operations Services Administrator: CPT Joshua Fleming
- Captain of Administrative Services: CPT Ben Mendoza
- P.R.E.A. Coordinator: LT Anthony Eberwine
- Juvenile Facility Manager: LT Genny Olivas
Adult Detention Facility:
The adult detention facility differs from a traditional linear jail in that there are no bars separating officers and inmates. Instead, they are separated by glass partitions, which allow officers to maintain continuous observation of all inmates and to ensure that inmates are constantly aware that they are under observation.
Built in 1995, the facility was originally designed with 562 beds. In 2000, an additional housing unit was added and some remodeling was done to increase the number of beds to 846 and the total living space to 166,543 square feet. Inmates are housed in seven secure housing units. Most inmates share a cell with at least one other inmate.
The average daily inmate population in calendar year 2004 was 809. Most of the inmates are pre-trial detainees.
Juvenile Detention Center
The 50-bed facility was built in 2000 and opened in 2001. Detention officers are stationed inside the housing unit dayrooms, directly supervising and observing the juveniles and their daily activities. Juveniles are housed in five different units. Each unit is designed to house ten juveniles. Four of the housing units consist of a dayroom, eight single-person cells and one two-person cell. The remaining unit consists of ten single-person cells, a dayroom and a small outside recreation area. It can be utilized as a maximum-security and/or special-management unit when needed.
When the juvenile facility opened, the daily population averaged approximately 25 juveniles. In calendar year 2004, the facility averaged approximately 54 juveniles. Most of the juveniles are from Doña Ana County, but the facility does house juveniles from other counties and governmental agencies.
The Las Cruces Public School District provides two full-time teachers for educational classes, allowing the juveniles to maintain their education while incarcerated and earn needed credits toward graduation. In addition, religious programming and life-skills classes are provided. Each detainee is allowed two half-hour family visits per week. Various counseling agencies are available for court-ordered counseling, and some provide individual counseling for detainees when such needs are identified. Recreational activities, commissary and library also are provided.