Rio Arriba County Adult Detention Facility


Message from the Administrator:

It is the commitment of Rio Arriba 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.

Rio Arriba County Detention Center books in over 2,000 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 Rio Arriba 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 are trained professionals. As detention professionals, we strive to work and live by the following values: integrity, honesty, firmness, fairness, and impartiality.

Fulfilling our mission statement is no small task. 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.

As Administrator, I am committed to providing this department with legally sound policies and procedures, qualified staff, competent training, and the tools and equipment that are needed to complete the duties in a safe and secure manner. Providing a strong foundation for all employees is essential to meet our goals and objectives.

The Rio Arriba County Detention Center plays an integral role in the Rio Arriba County criminal justice system. We appreciate the support of the county we serve in our effort to maintain the highest levels of public and staff safety.

Jose Luis Gallegos,

Detention Administrator


Mission Statement:

The Rio Arriba County Adult Detention Facility shall serve as the primary housing facility for all adult inmates alleged or sentenced for the commission of an act or acts contrary to the laws or ordinances governing the communities of Rio Arriba and surrounding areas.

Within this purpose, the detention facility staff shall ensure that the facility is an integral part of the Criminal Justice System providing a safe, humane and secure environment for the residents, staff and authorized visitors in the facility as feasible within the existing structure.

In keeping with the concept that the majority of the residents have not been convicted of a crime, it is incumbent that all the residents be provided the respect, dignity and constitutional privileges afforded to all citizens of the community. It shall also be incumbent on this department that the residents, staff and citizens of the community are provided with the security required to ensure maximum safety. The detention facility shall strive to maintain the highest level of professionalism and humane environment as is capable of achieving, and shall constantly strive to better itself in this endeavor.


(575) 588-7350


#2 Main St. Bldg 2 Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575

Administrative Offices: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am thru 5:00 pm

Visting Appointment Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 8:00am to 5:00pm 

Important Links:

Inmate Search 

Sex Offender Search

Interoffice Memo

Rules and Regulations for Professional Visitors

Policies for Public Visitors 

Detention Supervisor

Detention Center Administrator

Jose Luis Gallegos

Assistant Detention Center Administrator: VACANT

1-575-588-7350 Ext: 4402


Secretary III: 

Leesa Sanchez

1-575-588-7350 Ext: 4403


Frequently Asked Questions

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