Detention Center

Luna County Detention Center

Thank you for your interest in the Luna County Detention Center.


It is the mission of the Luna County Detention Center to protect the public and provide a secure and safe environment for both inmates and staff in accordance with the New Mexico Adult Detention Standards and the Federal Performance-Based Detention Standards


It is the vision of the Luna County Detention Center to establish itself as a model organization that communicates, trains, and empowers a staff that can efficiently and effectively promote a safe, secure and reintegrating community.

The facility is split into three divisions: Administration | Adult Detention | Juvenile Detention.

Contact the facility if you would like additional information about the Luna County Detention Center.

The Facility:

The LCDC is divided into three departments. Administration, Adult Detention and Juvenile Detention.

The facility was built in 2000 and holds 385 inmates. The design of the facility differs from a traditional jail where there are no bars in the LCDC separating officers and inmates. Instead we incorporate walls, with glass partitions which allows officers to maintain direct supervision of all inmates. This ensures that inmates are constantly being observed, and are aware that they are under observation.


The LCDC is Children's Youth and Families Department (CYFD) certified to house 20 juvenile inmates. The certification is for both male and female inmates. The juveniles in custody are monitored at all times by a New Mexico Certified Juvenile Detention Officer. The Deming Public Schools provides a teacher for educational classes, allowing the juveniles to maintain their education while they are in the facility. The facility offers both class room instruction, and online instruction. Besides educational services, detainees are also given various counseling and job training services.


The Luna County Detention Center realizes the need of inmates to have contact with their families. In an effort to meet this goal, have set up the following visitation guidelines.

NEW Visitation Program

Effective September 26, 2015 all visits in the facility are pre-scheduled with inmates

Visitation Scheduling and Registration:



Visitors can register for and schedule inmate visitations online.Go to the visitation website https://lunacountynm.gtlvisitme.com and click “Register Today” and fill in the required information including a valid email address.If you do not have an email address, there are many webmail providers who offer free email accounts. An email account is required for visitation account creation and for using the online registration tool.

Once you have registered on the visitation website, check your email inbox for an email to finalize your registration. If you do not receive an email, check your spam/junk folder. If you still don’t see an email from the system, call 855-208-7349.

Next, Log in using the temporary password provided in the email. You will be prompted to change your password.Be sure to pick a password you can remember, or note it in a secure location.

Schedule a Visit:

Visits must be scheduled at least one day in advance but cannot be scheduled more than 7 days in advance.

To schedule an inmate visit, log in with the email address you used for registration and the new password you created after logging in with your temporary password. Click “Visitation” in the main menu, add any additional visitors that will attend the visitors that will attend the visit and select the inmate you’d like to visit. Additional visitors must be over 18 and listed or they will not be allowed to attend the visit.

Next, enter your preferred date, time and location and click “Search.” Click “Select” next to the desired visitation time.

On the next page, you can review selections and make changes. At the bottom of the page, indicate that you have reviewed the policies. Verify all the information on the page, and click “Confirmed.” Upcoming visits are shown on the Home Page.Click a visit to review its details.

Check In and Visit:

Visitors must arrive 15 minutes or more before your visit is scheduled to begin. Your visit will begin at the scheduled time.


To cancel a visit, click “Cancel Visit” on the summary page in your account, or click the “X” next to the visit on the home page. You will then be asked to confirm your cancellation. If visit aren’t canceled at least 24 hours prior to the start of the visit you will be expected to show and deemed a no-show if you fail to attend.

Visit History:

To view information about past visits, click the “View Visit History” link under the “My Account” tab.

Visitation Days:


8:00 AM - 11:00 AM         Pre-Scheduled Adult Visits

1:00 PM -  4:00 PM          Pre-Scheduled Adult Visits

     6:00 PM -  7:00 PM          Pre-Scheduled Juvenile Visits


8:00 AM - 11:00 AM         Pre-Scheduled Adult Visits

1:00 PM -  4:00 PM          Pre-Scheduled Adult Visits

6:00 PM -  7:00 PM          Pre-Scheduled Juvenile Visits


  • Visitors must check in with reception officer 15 minutes prior to scheduled visit.
  • Visitors must be over 18 and must be listed on the pre-scheduled visit. No one under 18 will be allowed in building during visits.
  • Visitors must have a current valid photo ID.
  • A police warrants check will be ran on all visitors.
  • Must comply with facility dress code.
  • No weapons, cell phones, keys will be allowed on individuals during the visits.  Cell phones need to be left in vehicles.
  • Visitors are subject to searches by electromagnetic device.
  • Visits are for 15 minutes.
  • Only one visit per inmate per day.
  • LCDC is a smoke free facility no tobacco products or smoking allowed..
  • Juveniles visits must be immediate family over 18.
  • The facility does not operate visits on a first come first served bases. All visits must be pre-scheduled at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Nothing is permitted to pass between visitors and inmates during visitation for any reason. Detention center personnel are not permitted to pass anything to inmates or deliver verbal messages.

Special Visits:

Out of state visitors may be scheduled for a special visit on a case by case basis. Special visits must be pre-approved by the Inmate Management Officer and will be scheduled by him/her as time allows. Inmate Management can be reached at 575-543-6703.

Dress Code:

The reception officer is charged with accepting or denying visitors based on their dress. It is up to the discretion of the reception officer whether or not to allow the visit.

  • No hats, no shorts or skirts shorter than three 3 inches above the knee, no bare mid-drifts shirts, no halter tops, no tank tops or sleeveless shirts, no see-through clothing, no low cut necklines, or no swim suits will not be allowed in the facility.
  • No clothing that exhibits excessive wear and tear or rips.
  • No item of clothing with anything considered pornographic/sexually explicit and/or derogatory/inflammatory shall be allowed.
  • Shoes must be closed toe and must be worn at all times. No sandals, flip flops or toe less shoes allowed

Denial or Termination of Visit:

A visit may be denied or terminated and visiting privileges suspended under the following circumstances:

  • Visitor(s) under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Visitor(s) currently on Probation and Parole
  • Visitor(s) who are currently victims in the case against person they are visiting.
  • Visitor(s) who have current Protection orders against person they are visiting.
  • Visitor(s) who were previously incarcerated within any correctional facility may not visit within 90 days of their release.
  • Visitor(s) who have left children unattended in vehicles.
  • Insufficient space available.
  • Refusal by a visitor to submit to search procedures.
  • Refusal or failure to produce sufficient identification (ordinarily picture ID) or the falsifying of identification information by a visitor.
  • Violation of facility rules by a visitor or inmate.
  • Inappropriate display of affection or suggestive activity.
  • Inappropriate dress – the following are not allowed, no hats, no shorts or skirts shorter than three 3 inches above the knee, no bare mid-drifts shirts, no halter tops, no tank tops or sleeveless shirts, no see-through clothing, no low cut necklines, no swim suits, no flip flops, sandals or toe less shoes allowed. Any clothing that exhibits excessive wear and tear or rips. No item of clothing with anything considered pornographic/sexually explicit and/or derogatory/inflammatory.
  • Items not allowed – the following are not allowed, sun glasses, handbags, purses, backpacks, fanny packs, cell phones, cameras, recording devices, electronic music and game devices (I-pod, MP 3 player, etc.), weapons (guns, knives, etc.), tobacco, chew of any kind, food, drinks, or gum.
  • Other conduct or conditions deemed by the Shift Supervisor as disruptive to visiting operations or to the security and good order of the facility.

There are a number of programs available to LCDC inmates. Inmates are encouraged to participate in programs in order to improve themselves. The following list does not necessarily reflect all programs ongoing at this time. There are times programs are added, and deleted to accommodate the needs of the inmates and the facility.
  • AA Alcoholics Anonymous weekly meetings held
  • Non-denominational church services – Deming Ministerial Fellowship Alliance – weekly services
  • Religious Counseling- Private and personal clergy -as needed
  • Inmate Work programs- sentenced inmates only.
  • Women's health issues
  • Visitation- all visits must be pre-scheduled, inmates are allowed two 15 minute visits per week from family or friends. Visitors must be (18) eighteen years old or older.
  • Professional visits from attorneys, medical or mental health professionals are limited only to need. 
  • Work Release Program is limited to sentenced non-violent offenders, who meet the requirements of the LCDC work release program. There is a booking fee of $20.00, a work release fee of $10.00 per day and a drug testing fee of $5.00 per day.


Use the following format when sending mail to an inmate:

Luna County Detention Center

Name of Inmate and Inmate Number 

1700 4th Street NE

Deming, NM 88030

Return address must contain full first and last name of the individual sending the mail and a complete return mailing address.

Inmates are allowed to receive the following:

  • Letters on white paper, written with black or blue ink
  • Cards with no embellishments (Glitter, ribbons, etc.)
  • Money orders or Cashier's checks made out to the inmate to include senders name and address on money order.  Limit of $200.00.
  • Books, Magazines and Newspapers must be mailed from the publisher. 
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Inmates are fed three nutritionally balanced meals a day. The meals are approved by a licensed dietitian, and locally prepared and served.
Inmate commissary services are also provided by ARAMARK. Inmate with funds on account may select items from an approved list. Orders are filled by ARAMARK employees, and delivered to inmates twice a week. Family members may also order special items online from ARAMARK at (www.luna.icaredirect.com) which will be delivered to inmates. ICare orders are delivered once a week. Families may send US Funds to inmates through the mail using money orders. Money orders must come completed, with the inmates LCDC number. There is a limit of $200.00.  To deposit money via phone call 1-888-988-4768, Luna County site ID number is 83.
Inmate phone services are provided by DSI/ITI LLC.  For all inmate phone privileges and account set up call 1-888-949-3303.
Bonding enables inmates to be released from custody while waiting for their court date. The LCDC does bonding 24 hours a day 7 days a week. There are four types of bonds.
  • Cash Bond: The full amount of the bond is paid in cash or money orders made directly to the court. The LCDC acts as an agent for the courts. Cash and money orders may be taken and receipts given. Please call ahead to verify rules for cash bonding.
  • Surety Bond (Professional Bondsman): A licensed bondsman posts the bond and charges a fee based on a percentage of the inmates total bond. Detention staff are not allowed to recommend a bondsman or a bonding company. Inmates may obtain a list of bonding agents in the Deming area from the booking officer.
  • Property Bond: If the inmate, or relative or a friend has sufficient equity in a home, building or real estate, he or she may be allowed to use that property as collateral for a property bond. All property Bonds must go through the court.
  • Personal Recognizance or Own Recognizance Bond: The inmate promises to appear in court when ordered and the inmates agreement to abide by any special conditions that may be a condition of the bond. The judge may also require that the bond be co-signed by a second person to further insure the inmates appearance in court. There are times employees of the LCDC may release an inmate on the Personal Recognizance or Own Recognizance bond. The court has assigned certain officers as court designee.
Bonds are accepted prior to the first court appearance after arrest. A judge may authorize any type of bond. The Detention Center works with the courts during the bonding process. The LCDC charges a $10 dollar bonding fee on all bonds and for each warrant.

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Matthew A. Elwell, CJM

1700 E. 4th Street NE
Deming, NM 88030



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