Santa Cruz County AZ Detention Center

County Jail

Last Updated: November 02, 2023
2170 North Congress Drive, Nogales, AZ 85621
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County AZ Detention Center is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

All prisons and jails have Security or Custody levels depending on the inmate’s classification, sentence, and criminal history. Please review the rules and regulations for County - medium facility.

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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Santa Cruz County AZ Detention Center basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 520-761-7875

The Santa Cruz County AZ Detention Center is a medium-security detention center located at 2170 North Congress Drive Nogales, AZ which is operated locally by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office and holds inmates awaiting trial or sentencing or both. Most of the sentenced inmates are here for less than two years. Santa Cruz County accepts inmates from surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service and the Nogales Police Department who do not have their own long-term lock-up.

The Tony Estrada Law Enforcement Center housing the new detention center is designed to house 372 inmates. In contrast, the former Santa Cruz County Detention Center on Hohokam Drive opened in 1974 and was designed to house 52 inmates. At that time, Santa Cruz County had a population of 15,000 residents and Nogales, Sonora had a population of approximately 65,000. Since 1974, the population of Nogales, Arizona has tripled and today, the population of Nogales, Sonora is estimated at 350,000 people. In addition, problems related to drug trafficking and illegal immigration have increased dramatically.

Inmate Locator

Santa Cruz County AZ Detention Center publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Arizona. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

Santa Cruz County Adult Detention Center - Visitation

Santa Cruz County Adult Detention Center utilizes an all-new video visitation system. Now, the public doesn't have to wait in line or undergo searches in order to visit an inmate. To schedule a video visitation session contact the detention center at (520) 761-7875 at least one day in advance.

Visitors must have a government issued photo ID

Public Visitation:
7 days a week except national holidays
8:15 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Attorneys and medical personnel who have a professional need to conduct an in-person, non-video visit:

7 days a week
8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The following criteria MUST be met to ensure safety, security, and a pleasant visitation period for all concerned:

  • All visitors must present a valid photo identification card (Government or State issued ID/Driver License) for admittance to the Video Visitation Center.
  • No weapons of any kind.
  • Personal items, drugs, alcohol, food, drink, or tobacco products are NOT allowed.
  • All electronic devices, including cell phones, will be turned off or visits can and will be terminated.
  • Clothing that may be considered obscene, offensive, or disruptive will not be allowed. The supervisor or officer in charge of visitation will have the ultimate decision in this regard.
  • Conduct that is disruptive or disrespectful in any manner (children or adults) will not be tolerated. The visit will be canceled at any time deemed necessary by the supervisor or officer in charge if your conduct warrants this action.
  • Visit only the inmate you signed up for.
  • Do not leave trash, etc. in the visiting booths or visitation area.
  • Do not damage or deface visiting booths or phones. Immediate termination of visit will occur. Future visits may be restricted or denied.

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