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Detention Center

It is the commitment of the Socorro County Detention Center to establish best practices in detention as our way of conducting business. Public safety and constitutional rights of those confined within these walls is paramount, so our goal is to promote and adhere to these practices.

Socorro County Detention Center books in over 1,000 men and women each year. Violent and drug related crimes are occurring at an alarming rate in this County, this comes at a significant cost, both financially to taxpayers and in lost productivity in the County. As citizens of Socorro County, we must realize that the offenders in this facility are our family, friends and neighbors who have made bad choices. Our mission includes maintaining an environment that encourages respect and dignity and promotes positive change in individuals.

The employees of this department have a most challenging task. Most law abiding citizens are not aware of the difficult job that the men and women of this department perform in this 24/7 operation. Detention Officers work and live by the following values: integrity, honesty, firmness, fairness, and impartiality.

Fulfilling our mission statement is no small task. Socorro County Citizens would be amazed to learn of the daily challenges that detention employees face on the job and effect it has on their personal life. Always answering the call, our employees take our mission seriously and strive to perform their duties to the best of their ability. We are thankful for the many dedicated employees who work here and proud of the job they do with some of the county’s most challenging individuals.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Socorro County Detention Center to protect the public and provide a safe and secure environment for inmates and staff under the principles of direct supervision and in accordance with the American Correctional Association (ACA) Standards.

It is the goal of the Socorro County Detention Center to provide a safe, secure and humane facility for those in our custody.
During their incarceration we will provide each inmate, regardless of their crime, creed, national origin, religion, or gender, with their basic needs such as, shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.

For question regarding commissary, mail, or visitation please contact Manuel Vega at (575) 835-0945 ext.1504. 

For all other questions, please contact the Detention Center Administrator, Eddie Garcia at (575) 835-0945 ext. 1500.


  • You must be 18 years or older to visit an inmate, no exceptions.
  • Please bring a valid ID with you at the time of visitation.
  • Each inmate is allowed up to two visits per week, one per visitation day, and one person per visitation. 
  • All visits are non-contact.
  • All visitations must be scheduled on the day of the visit (Monday, Wednesday or Friday) by calling 575.835.0945 x1504, between the hours of 8 AM and 9 AM. Requests made outside of those hours will not be considered. If you are unable to reach anyone at this number please continue try and you will be received as soon as possible.
  • Visitation appointments are made on a first come first serve basis.
  • Visits are Monday, Wednesday & Friday. The hours of visitation are 9:30 AM through 7:30 PM. The time block is determined by inmate's pod assignment.
  • Visits are limited to 15-minutes each
  • Visitors must comply with all dress, conduct, incarceration and age rules outlined in the Inmate Handbook.
  • Please be aware that visitation may be cancelled at any time for any reason.

Allowable Personal Items

Allowable Personal Items

Due to outside attempts to import contraband into the Socorro County Detention Center, all personal items must be purchased through the commissary system.

Inmate Funds & Commissary

Inmate Funds & Commissary

  • Inmates must comply with all fund rules outlined in the Inmate Handbook in order to maintain funds in their commissary account
  • Socorro County no longer accepts cash for inmate commissary. If you would like to add money to an inmate's account, you must:
    • Deposit a money order or a cashiers check at the Detention Center during the hours of 8AM-3PM Monday through Friday.
    • Use credit/debit card at the kiosk located inside the Socorro County Courthouse across from the Assessor's Office during regular business hours (8AM-5PM Monday through Friday).
    • If you would like to add money after normal business hours you may go online to
  • $5.00 minimum deposit to commissary account.
  • Inmate will make their own commissary orders within the facility.

Inmate Mail

Inmate Mail

The Socorro county Detention Center encourages detainees to correspond with families and with their legal counsel. By establishing guidelines, the facility ensures timely mail service to detainees and at the same time maintains order and security.

Inmates may write letters as often as they wish, providing they have sufficient funds for postage. Stamps, envelopes, and paper may be purchased through the commissary. For indigent inmates, three stamped envelopes and 6 pieces of writing paper are provided each month.

  • Inmates must comply with all mail rules outlined in the Inmate Handbook
  • For the purpose of facility security, incoming mail will be opened and scanned for contraband.
  • All legal mail will be opened in front of the inmate.
  • Non-legal outgoing mail will be scanned for security purposes
  • Use the following format when sending mail to an inmate:
Name of inmate
P.O. Box 598
Socorro, NM 87801

Reasons for Rejection(s) of Mail:

  • Pornographic and sexually explicit publications and photos are not allowed into the facility.
  • Publications or pictures that encourage or show containers of alcohol or drug use are prohibited.
  • Publications explaining/ depicting the use of weapons and or explosive devices are prohibited.
  • Mail received without the sender’s full name and returned address will be rejected.
  • Envelopes that contain any type of drawings, stickers, additional writing (example: SWAK, XOXO, write back soon) or other writing  that is not part of the sender’s name and address or the detainee’s address will be returned.
  • Envelopes that have any type of make-up or lipstick will be returned.
  • Gang-related publications, symbols or drawings are prohibited.
  • Envelopes or pages with any stains such as, water, blood, or food stains will be returned.
  • Any mail containing crayon, marker, colored pencil/ink, glitter or glitter ink will be returned. 
  • If the inmate is housed in another county, all personal mail will be returned.

Inmate Phone System

Telephone System

Socorro County uses Encartele, a third-party phone provider, who manages the system and billing for all inmate calls. In order to received phone calls from an inmate, you must be able to receive collect calls or prepay for the service.

Court Information

Court Information

Anyone who is arrested on new charges will have an initial Court appearance within 4 days of the arrest at the Socorro County Magistrate Court located at 102 Winkler Street, Socorro, NM. For further information please contact Socorro County Magistrate Court at (575) 835-2500.

District warrants and probation violations may vary.

Property & Money Releases

Property & Money Releases

Upon release, inmates will receive personal property taken at the time of booking into the Facility. The inmate must sign for these items.

If you have money in your account a Rapid Release Debt Card will be issued to you at the time of your release, please read the instructions carefully.

Inmates may release all personal property to anyone they choose at the time of booking or if the inmate is sentenced to a corrections facility. The person picking up the property must provide valid picture identification such as a driver's license, ID, or passport. 

Any personal property left in the Facility will be held for 30 days from the date of the inmate’s release or transfer to the department of corrections. It is the inmate’s responsibility to notify someone to pick up his/her property. After 30 days, the property will be disposed of.

Inmate marriages 

Inmate Marriage

Socorro County does not allow marriages to be performed at our facility or while an inmate is in our custody.

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)

Zero tolerance means that no sexual act, contact or harassment, will be tolerated between any inmate with another inmate and/or between an inmate and an employee. Staff found guilty of such violations will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination and possible criminal prosecution. Inmates will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with requirements of the Socorro County Detention Center’s Inmate Disciplinary Procedures, and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Socorro County Detention Center is committed to its “zero tolerance policy” of sexual assault and sexual victimization. This zero tolerance policy affects every employee and every person under Socorro County Detention supervision. Please report any assaults or victimizations that are sexual in nature to a staff member, in writing or call (575) 835-0589 Ext. 1110 for Michael Hawkes the County Manager’s direct phone line. Any reports will be kept as confidential, as the circumstance allows.

Complaints or questions can be forwarded to Eddie Garcia, Administrator.