Lea County Correctional Facility

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 6900 West Millen Drive, Hobbs, NM 88240
(575) 392-4055
Fax: (575) 392-6488

Capacity: 1200

Client: New Mexico & New Mexico Corrections Department (NM DOC)

Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA)


Since 1993 the Lea County Correctional Facility has provided correctional services on behalf of the New mexico Department of Corrections. The site is located on land that was originally a World War II B-17 Training Base.


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.


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.


The facility received accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2000 and was re-accredited in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015 with a score of 100.0%.