Dona Ana County Juvenile Detention

County Juvenile

Last Updated: March 25, 2024
1850 Cooper Loop, Las Cruces, NM 88004
Dona Ana
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 247, Phoenix, MD 21131

Dona Ana Juv Detention is for County Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Dona Ana County Juvenile Detention is a medium to low-security detention center located at 1850 Cooper Loop Las Cruces, NM that is operated locally by the Juvenile Justice Department and holds youths awaiting the determination of punishment for the crimes of which they are accused. Most of the adolescents are here for less than two years.

The juvenile justice system differs from the adult system, focusing on rehabilitation and recognizing the developmental differences in juveniles. It aims to protect both the child and the public and helps juveniles become productive adults.

Juveniles are detained if they pose a threat, may miss court, or violate court orders. Parental involvement is crucial for effective supervision and rehabilitation.

Key differences in terminology include "taken into custody" instead of "arrest" and "supervision" instead of "probation." Referrals usually come from law enforcement, and an intake social worker decides the juvenile's placement. An inquiry can lead to dismissal, corrective action, or court involvement.

The process includes a plea hearing, possible evaluations, a pre-trial conference, a fact-finding hearing, and a dispositional hearing to determine the case's outcome. Parents may need to cover associated costs.

Constructed in 2000 and operational since 2001, the 50-bed juvenile facility at the Doña Ana County Detention Center embodies a specialized environment tailored to the needs of young detainees. Detention officers stationed within the housing unit dayrooms maintain direct supervision over juveniles and monitor their daily activities closely. The facility comprises five distinct units, each designed to accommodate ten juveniles. Four of these units feature a dayroom, eight single-person cells, and one two-person cell, while the fifth unit includes ten single-person cells, a dayroom, and a small outdoor recreation area, providing flexibility for maximum-security or special-management needs.

In terms of population, the juvenile facility initially housed an average of approximately 25 juveniles upon opening. By calendar year 2004, the average daily population had increased to around 54 juveniles. While the majority of detainees originate from Doña Ana County, the facility also accepts juveniles from other counties and governmental agencies, reflecting its broader regional role.

To support the holistic development of juveniles in custody, the facility offers an array of programs and services. The Las Cruces Public School District provides two full-time teachers for educational instruction, enabling detainees to continue their education and earn credits toward graduation. Additionally, religious programming and life-skills classes are available, enhancing personal and spiritual development. Family visits, conducted twice weekly with each detainee allotted two half-hour sessions, facilitate vital connections with loved ones. Counseling services, including court-ordered and individual counseling, are accessible through various agencies to address specific needs. Recreational activities, commissary services, and library resources further contribute to the juveniles' well-being and rehabilitation efforts.

Through a comprehensive approach encompassing education, counseling, and recreational opportunities, the juvenile facility at the Doña Ana County Detention Center strives to foster positive growth and facilitate successful reintegration into the community for its young detainees.

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Juvenile facilities overseen by Dona Ana County do not publish the names of the offenders housed in their facility. As such, there is no public forum for this information.

Visitation Information

The Juvenile Detention Center continues to allow in-person visits. However, they must be scheduled before arrival and are limited to one visitor at a time, through a glass partition. To schedule a visit with a juvenile detainee, please call (575) 647-7680.

  • Visitation hours start at 5:30 p.m. and the last visit will be accepted up until 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • No visitation on weekends nor county-observed holidays.
  • Juveniles are allowed three 30-minute visits per week.
  • Up to three visitors at each visit.
  • Only immediate family members: Parents or legal guardians, grandparents and siblings.
  • Visitors must present a valid government-issued ID.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian and present a birth certificate if not in possession of a valid government ID.
  • Nothing will be passed between visitors and detainees nor will detention personnel pass any item for any reason, nor deliver personal messages.

Visitors can check in at Reception for SHU, AB & Medical visits. All visitors can check in at the East Visitation desk. Only three visitors are allowed. Regular visits will be video visitation.

Detainees are permitted one 30-minute visit per week. Three individuals may be present at this visit, and all individuals must show valid photo ID.

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