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Detention Center


Luna County Detention Center

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

MISSION STATEMENT:

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

VISION STATEMENT:

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.

Juveniles:

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.

VISITATION SCHEDULE:

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.

Saturday

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM          Segregation Adult Visits

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM          General Population Adult Visits

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM          Juvenile Visits

Sunday

8:00 AM - 11:00 AM          Segregation Adult Visits

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM          General Population Adult Visits

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM          Juvenile Visits

Rules:

  • Visitors must check in with reception officer.
  • Visitors must be over 18. 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. (depending on amount of visitors).
  • 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. Officers try to accommodate those in line first however, this is not always possible.
  • 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 town, and out of state visits may be scheduled 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 Halter tops, tank tops or sleeveless shirts, swim suits, short skirts/dresses, low cut necklines, or see-through clothing,
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be no higher than two inches above the knee. Any clothing that exhibits excessive wear and tear or rips will not be allowed in the facility.
  • 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 or flip flops.

INMATE PROGRAMS/SERVICES:
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- 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.

INMATE MAIL:

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. 

FOOD SERVICES:
Inmate food services are provided by Aramark. ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services to institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world.
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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.

COMMISSARY:
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.

BONDING:
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.

Contact Us

Matthew A. Elwell, CJM
Director

1700 E. 4th Street NE
Deming, NM 88030

Phone:
575-544-0191

Fax:
575-544-7272

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