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HISTORY OF SAN JUAN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER
The secure portion of the San Juan County Adult Detention Center opened at 103 South Oliver Dr. in Aztec, New Mexico. Until 1982 each municipality was in charge of the care and custody of its own arrestees. County inmates were held in a 10-bed facility located on Mesa Verde, in Aztec, NM.
The original capacity of the jail on Oliver Drive was 140. However on opening day the inmate count was almost 170. Installation of a second bunk in each cell began immediately to bring the capacity to 208.
90-bed Work Release Annex opened bringing the jail’s capacity to 298.
An addition to the Work Release section opened in 1997, increasing capacity to 365.
New Work Release unit with 40 additional beds opened bringing capacity to 408. This addition gave the Detention Center the ability to completely separate Work Release inmates from the rest of the inmate population. This helped reduce contraband brought into the jail.
A military tent was placed inside the secure compound. The tent housed up to 80 minimum security inmates and saved the tax payers over $2 million in housing costs. This increased the jail’s capacity to 633.
Misdemeanor Compliance Program was established to oversee misdemeanor offenders. These offenders would otherwise be sentenced to serve time in jail.
New $10 million Juvenile Service Center opened at 851 Andrea Dr., in Farmington, NM. The facility houses detention, crisis shelter and residential treatment services for juveniles.
The county's new Adult Detention Center in December 2005 at 871 Andrea Dr. in Farmington, NM.