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Lea County Correctional Facility

6900 West Millen Drive
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: (575) 392-4055
Fax: (575) 392-6488
Capacity: 1,200
Client: Lea County, New Mexico & New Mexico Corrections Department (IGA)
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA)

BACKGROUND: During February 1996, the New Mexico Corrections Department issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the design, finance, construction and private operation of a multi-security classification prison on land provided by the Lea County Industrial Development Authority in Hobbs, New Mexico. The contract was awarded in April 1996. The site is located on land that was originally a World War II B-17 Training Base. The land was subsequently deeded to the local community by the U.S. Government for future development. Only the concrete runways remain as evidence of the property’s former use. The prison was the first economic development effort on this former Air Base.


SCOPE OF WORK: The facility’s housing areas consists of a double-celled, medium security unit and a single-celled, administrative segregation unit. The entire facility was designed to comply with American Correctional Association (ACA) standards. The contract award was for the design, construction, finance, and operation of the facility with operations to begin in the Second Quarter 1998. The facility received its first inmates on May 15, 1998. The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) is responsible for providing facility administration, fiscal management, personnel and training, programs and recreation, sanitation and hygiene, volunteer and religious programs, security, safety and control, classification, education, inmate work programs, counseling and mental health services, food services, commissary, discipline and grievances, libraries and 60,000 sq. ft. of industries area. The facility currently operates a state industry program.


FACILITY DESCRIPTION: The 404,303 sq. ft. facility is located on an 80-acre site inside a double-fenced security perimeter that utilizes microwave intrusion detection. The facility complex consists of an administration/visitation building, an education/library building, an intake-release and medical complex, an industries building, four double-celled medium security housing buildings, one double-celled, maximum security housing building, and two gymnasiums.


ACCREDITATION: The facility received accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2000 and was re-accredited in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012.

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