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LEA COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY
FUTURE FACILITY

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Warden Jann Gartman describes the new detention facility:

“Lea County has contracted with White Construction and HOK architects to construct a new adult and juvenile detention facility. The new facility will be located at 1401 S. Commercial, Lovington, NM 88260.

We have designed the new facility to provide housing for 400 adult inmates and 32 juvenile inmates, with the appropriate infrastructure to increase the adult housing to 500. We have a combination of direct and indirect supervision pods with a strong emphasis on programs and treatment components. These programs are designed to promote change, increase self esteem and encourage a positive approach to a law-abiding lifestyle.

Additionally, we have included a borrowed light concept in the design process. This approach uses natural light to flood dayrooms and deliver filtered light to cells and other locations in the facility. It uses the common sense notion that abundant natural light is essential for modern jail operations and that natural light should be provided where it can do the most good. The borrowed light approach to facility design also responds to the American Correctional Association’s requirements for “access to natural light”.

Another design concept that we included is an exterior mechanical chase which allows staff to maintain mechanical systems through an exterior access without entering inmate areas. This also serves as a second perimeter wall which increases security of the facility. The double outside walls also provide for a positive economical effect to the heating and cooling system.

We will have a large community room that will be available year around for community groups to schedule meetings.

Our medical unit includes a small outpatient facility and eight (8) inpatient beds. We will have medical staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We have a 15 bed classification unit that will house inmates as they go through the complicated classification and orientation process, prior to their assignment to the housing area.

Our Juvenile unit will include a classroom, open air recreation and will also house the Juvenile Probation Department. Education programs, bible study, counseling and life skills programs will be offered to the juvenile residents.

We have received $2.5 million in grant funds from the U.S. Marshal’s Service to assist us in the construction of the new facility. We also have a twenty year contract with them to house 100 federal inmates. This housing contract will make the annual payment for the construction of the new facility.”

 


  Warden
  Jann Gartman
  conveys future
  plans for
  Lea County Jail.

 New Facility
 will be located at
 1401 South
 Commercial Street.

 

 

 

To contact us:


Lea County Detention Facility
215 East Central
Lovington, New Mexico 88260


Adult Control: 505-396-8694
Juvenile Control: 505-396-8678
Facsimile: 505-396-5361

 

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