Lea County Correctional Facility

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Lea County Correctional Facility Information

The Lea County Correctional Facility is a 1200 bed jail in the city of Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. You can call them 24 hours a day for inmate information at 575-392-4055 .

Offenders arrested for misdemeanors and felonies in this county are brought here for booking and processing, and if their crime requires it, are incarcerated until they either get bail or are released from custody on their own recognizance.

Those who are found guilty and sentenced to a term of less than one year, will do their time in this county. Those sentenced to longer terms will be sent to either the New Mexico State Prison System or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

This page provides information on how to search for an inmate in the official jail roster, or by calling the facility at 575-392-4055 , directions to the facility, and inmate services such as the visitation schedule and policies, funding an inmate's account, mailing them a letter, receiving phone calls from an inmate, voicemail, emailing and texting, tablet rentals, bail bond instructions, and commissary purchases.

It's always a good idea to find out and save the inmate's jail ID number or booking number as you may need this for sending mail or other communication needs. If you can't locate it online, you can call the Lea County Correctional Facility at 575-392-4055 to get it.

Phone: 575-392-4055

Physical Address:
6900 West Millen Drive
Hobbs, NM 88244

Mailing Address (personal mail):
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244

Mailing Address (legal mail or subscriptions):
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Lea County Correctional Facility?

To search for an inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 575-392-4055 for the information you are looking for. You can also lookup an offender's Criminal Court Case online for Lea County or any other county in New Mexico.

Lea County Correctional Facility Inmate Search

The Lea County Correctional Facility maintains an average of 1200 offenders in custody on any given day. The Lea County Correctional Facility has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Lea County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 32,640 offenders.

The following charts of Lea County inmate population demographics are updated daily. The information shown is for today. For research purposes we have broken down the inmates by sex, age, ethnicity, and criminal charges.

The information is compiled from the Lea County Corrections Department, the state of New Mexico Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Lea County.

For complete information on how to get directions, bond, visit, mail, send and receive email and texts, receive phone calls, and send money or commissary to an inmate, find arrest information for Lea County and other counties surrounding this one, scroll down this page. We have a section for each.

We also provide photos of the jail that we have collected over the years.

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About the Lea County Correctional Facility

Completed in 1998, the Lea County Correctional Facility is a private jail that offers a wide range of support and services for inmates in Lea County.

This medium security facility is owned by Correctional Properties Trust and operated by The GEO Group, Inc. It is mainly state inmates and federal inmates that are either pretrial or ICE detainees.

To determine if someone you know is being detained at the location, to arrange for medication drop off, or to inquire about bail or visit the office can be contacted at 575-392-4055  or you can view inmates online.

The goal of Lea County Correctional Facility is to protect the community from offenders, while also ensuring the safety of the inmates, the staff, and the visitors.  

Connections with family and friends are also important so inmates will have daily access to phone banks from which they can make outgoing calls, however no incoming calls can be accepted.

Mail is delivered to:

Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244

... and will be provided to the inmate it is addressed to by name and # as soon as it has been checked for contraband. They are able to respond, and all mail is sent and delivered on weekdays by the post office.

All visitors must first complete a visitor application, and after they are approved, they will be contacted with the day and time that they may visit, no visitation schedule is posted or provided to the public for safety purposes. 

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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Lea County Correctional Facility?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Lea County Correctional Facility, call the jail’s booking line at 575-392-4055 .

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Lea County Correctional Facility Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Lea County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Lea County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Lea County Correctional Facility?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Lea County and other New Mexico and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Lea County Correctional Facility will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Lea County Correctional Facility Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Lea County Correctional Facility
Inmate Bail and Bonding

What is Bail?

Bail is what the arrested in Lea County must pay or do to stay out of jail until the first court appearance. 

The agreement to bail acts as a promise that the arrested will return to court for court dates and trial. Bail usually refers to a dollar amount, but bail can also mean something that has to be done, or a condition such as reporting to an officer of the court, a curfew, restraining orders or attending a treatment program. 

Bail is usually a significant enough amount of money and/or condition that the person will be negatively impacted and has incentive to return to court and not flee. A flight risk usually means that the person would flee the area, and not necessary that they are going to take an airplane. 

If a judge in Lea County feels that the arrested will return to court for further proceedings, the arrested could be released under a conditional release without needing to pay bail money. This is called Released on Own Recognizance, or ROR.  

Conditions for ROR might be to obey all court orders and laws, maintain contact with the lawyer, report changes in residence or have no contact with the victim. Family support will show the court that there are people who will make sure that the defendant makes it to court. 

If the judge or bail schedule determines that the defendant would be a danger to the public if they were released, bail can be denied, and the person will be detained in the Lea County Correctional Facility until the case is resolved or goes to trial. 

Bail can be denied if the defendant did not comply with bail conditions from a previous arrest. Bail is usually denied in cases of violent offenses. 

What is the difference between Bail and Bond?

Bail and bond are used interchangeably to mean the same thing but technically, they are different. The bail is the amount to be paid and a bond is a signed document promising payment of the bail amount with certain conditions. Think of a bond as a loan to pay for the bail.  

What are the different types of bonds in Lea County?

Cash bonds or personal recognizance bonds are recognized in New Mexico, and it is up to the judge to determine which bond will be accepted.

A professional bondsperson makes money, at least 10% of the bond amount by providing you with a “loan” called a bond. The percent that they charge is fixed by the state and cannot be negotiated. The defendant or surety does not get that 10% or more back even if the terms of the bail are met. 

Since the bondsperson signed off, to be responsible that you show to court as your surety, they can send a bounty hunter to bring you to court if you flee.  A bondsperson does not have to give you a bond if the defendant seems to be too much of a risk.

Ask the bondsperson to explain all the costs: percentage, fees or court fees. There is never a reason to rush through signing the paperwork with a bond company.  Make sure that everything told to you is in writing and that you understand what you are signing. Ask questions, and if you feel rushed or don’t understand the contract with the bond company, you might want to call another one.

(There have been phone scams where a bond company calls and informs a person that their family member has been arrested and they ask for financial information.  A bondsperson will not call asking for money without involvement of the arrested.)

Does Lea County have bail?  

In 2016, New Mexico voters approved a constitutional amendment to almost completely eliminate the cash bail system. The change was implemented to prevent low-risk offenders from remaining in jail before trial because they could not afford bail.  

Since this recent change in law, the Lea County judges are now able to deny bail in felony cases for the more “dangerous” accused. This in consequence keeps more, but not all people in jail without any option for pre-trial release. The arrested are either released on a personal recognizance bond or held based on a judge’s assessment of the danger they pose to the public. Very few are released on bail.

What kind of bonds are accepted in Lea County?

Cash bonds or personal recognizance bonds are recognized in Lea County.

Who can set bail in Lea County?

Defendants are either released or held based on a judge’s assessment of the danger they pose to the public.

When is bail set in Lea County?  

The determination to hold or release a defendant pretrial must be made within 3 days for those being held in a local detention center.

Can I get the bail or bond reduced in Lea County New Mexico? 

There is no bail, however, your attorney may request a second hearing to determine if a defendant is to be released.

In Lea County New Mexico, who can pay bail for me? 

The person posting bail could be a relative or close friend, called a surety, because they are promising and taking responsibility that you will return to court to get their money back. The defendant can also pay bail.

Can bail be paid online in Lea County New Mexico?  

Yes, New Mexico does offer online bail payment. Please contact the jail for specific information on how to pay bail: go to the Lea County Correctional Facility for more information about the jails in Lea County.

More information on payment:

What options are there to pay bail in Lea County New Mexico? 

If bail was set, refer to the information on payment:

Will I get all my bond money back in New Mexico? 

If bail was set, refer to the information on payment:

Can I get bail or a bond with no money down in Lea County? 

A cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond are bonds where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front however there might be court fees due.

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court can send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible to make sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.  A surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety.

What are the least expensive and affordable bail bonds in New Mexico?  

The Lea County Correctional Facility or court in this jurisdiction can provide you with a list of approved and licensed bond companies, but they cannot recommend a specific company. You are not obligated to use the first company available and can call several companies to compare what kind of bonds that the bondsperson is willing to execute.  

The percentage of bail that the bond company can charge is 10% and cannot be negotiated.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility? What is the Schedule?

Lea County Correctional Facility ON-SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE

6900 West Millen Drive
Hobbs, NM 88244
575-392-4055

  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • You must be on the inmate's visitor list.
  • Visitation schedule subject to change.
  • Inmates are allowed one visit per day however the weekly limit is determined by the inmates classification.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per inmate.
  • Visitors must have a government issued photo ID.
  • Dress professionally with non-revealing clothing.

ON SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE - ALWAYS CALL 575-392-4055 TO CONFIRM VISITATION SCHEDULE!

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

DAY HOURS
SUN 10AM-12PM
MON 12PM-7PM
TUE 8AM -12PM
WED 12PM-5PM
THU 5PM-8PM
FRI 10AM-4PM
SAT 4PM-8PM

Lea County Correctional Facility ON-SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE

6900 West Millen Drive
Hobbs, NM 88244
575-392-4055

  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • You must be on the inmate's visitor list.
  • Visitation schedule subject to change.
  • Inmates are allowed one visit per day however the weekly limit is determined by the inmates classification.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per inmate.
  • Visitors must have a government issued photo ID.
  • Dress professionally with non-revealing clothing.

ON SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE - ALWAYS CALL 575-392-4055 TO CONFIRM VISITATION SCHEDULE!

DAY HOURS SEX
SUN 10AM-12PM FEMALE
MON 12PM-10PM MALE
TUE 8AM -12PM FEMALE
WED 12PM-5PM MALE
Last Name N-Z
THU 5PM-10PM MALE
Last Name A-M
FRI 10AM-4PM MALE
Last Name A-M
SAT 4PM-10PM MALE
Last Name N-Z

 

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility?

Depositing Money in an Inmate's Commissary Account at Lea County Correctional Facility

Whatever cash the inmate has on their person when booked into the facility will automatically deposited and credited to their account. When released any money left in the account will be returned to them in the form of a check from the Sheriff's Department or the Lea County Correctional Facility Trust Account. There may be circumstances where the inmate can give permission to have his money released to a family member or friend.

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail

  • Bring money to the jail in person. 
  • The jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment. Cash or Money Order only.

Option 2 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

  • Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person.
  • Never send cash. Always send a Money Order or Cashier's Check from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.
  • Make the Money Order out to the inmate and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.

Mail to the Jail.
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244

Failure to do this properly will delay your inmate getting their account credited and may require you to have to resubmit a second money order.
Call 575-392-4055 to ask any questions about this.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility?

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Lea County Correctional Facility

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Lea County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Lea County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility, and what can I send them?

Lea County Correctional Facility Inmate Mail Guidelines

Postcards
The Lea County Correctional Facility allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature. It is best to only use blue or black ink. Always include your name and return address.

Envelopes
The Lea County Correctional Facility also allows envelopes to be mailed to inmates. It is best to only use blue or black ink.

Postcards and envelopes MUST HAVE the sender's full name and return address on the envelope. 

Postcards and envelopes MUST be mailed to the following address:
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244



Legal Mail

Send all Legal Mail to this Address:
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244



Newspapers
Newspapers may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher.

Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.

Books
The Lea County Correctional Facility allows books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address noted.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Lea County Correctional Facility standards will be disposed of. 
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.


All newspapers, magazines and books are to be shipped to:
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244

Lea County Correctional Facility Inmate Mail Policies and Address - What Can You Send, and Where?

For inmates receiving mail in the Lea County Correctional Facility there are different addresses and policies depending on the inmate's status, as well as what type of mail they are receiving; personal mail, legal mail, subscriptions or books sent from a third-party such as Amazon.

All mail is to be shipped to the Lea County Correctional Facility:
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244


For complete information on mail policies, what you can send an inmate and what address to send them, check out our Inmate Mail page.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility, and what can I purchase?

Depositing Money in an Inmate's Commissary Account at Lea County Correctional Facility

Whatever cash the inmate has on their person when booked into the facility will automatically deposited and credited to their account. When released any money left in the account will be returned to them in the form of a check from the Sheriff's Department or the Lea County Correctional Facility Trust Account. There may be circumstances where the inmate can give permission to have his money released to a family member or friend.

Option 1 - Dropping Money at the Jail

  • Bring money to the jail in person. 
  • The jail personnel will process the Inmate Account payment. Cash or Money Order only.

Option 2 - Mail the Inmate Deposit to the Jail

  • Mailing a deposit takes more time to process than the other methods but can be done if you live too far away to bring it in person.
  • Never send cash. Always send a Money Order or Cashier's Check from the US Post Office, a reputable bank or Western Union.
  • Make the Money Order out to the inmate and put their Inmate ID# in memo section of the Money Order.

Mail to the Jail.
Inmate's Full Name & NMCD#
Lea County Correctional Facility
6900 West Millen
Hobbs, New Mexico 88244

Failure to do this properly will delay your inmate getting their account credited and may require you to have to resubmit a second money order.
Call 575-392-4055 to ask any questions about this.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Lea County Correctional Facility using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Lea County Correctional Facility have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Lea County Correctional Facility’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 575-392-4055 for further assistance.

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Are there photos of the Lea County Correctional Facility? What does it look like?
Other Jails in Lea County

What are the other City and County Jails in Lea County?

Lea County County Jails
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Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Lea County?

Lea Eddy Roosevelt Chaves Cochran Yoakum Gaines Andrews Winkler Loving
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Search for an Inmate in Lea County

This facility, known as "Lea County Correctional Facility" is also known as Lea County Jail & Correctional Facility, Lea County Jail & Correctional Facility, New Mexico, Lea.