Lea County Correctional Center

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Lea County Correctional Center
Location6900 West Millen Drive, Hobbs, New Mexico
Security classmedium security
Managed byGEO Group
DirectorDwayne Santistevan

The Lea County Correctional Facility (LCCF) is a medium-security prison for men located four miles north-west of Hobbs, New Mexico, opened in 1998 on 60 acres of the former Hobbs Army Airfield, now adjacent to the Lea County Regional Airport.[1] The facility can house 1200 state inmates of the New Mexico Corrections Department, and is operated by the private GEO Group under a contract administered through the county.[2][3]

In its first year, LCCF was "the site of three fatal inmate stabbings, six nonfatal stabbings, a 'near-riot' and allegations of guards using excessive force, according to reports in both the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune."[4]

In April 2002 the U.S. Department of Justice found three LCCF guards guilty of civil rights conspiracy and obstruction charges after assaulting a prisoner, then falsifying reports and lying to investigators.[5]

In November 2011 the state of New Mexico imposed fines of $1.1 million against GEO Group for failing to maintain adequate staffing levels at LCCF.[6] In March 2012 the state imposed another fine of nearly $300,000 for the company's failure to properly staff guards and health care workers; some positions had remained vacant for two months or longer.[7]

Notable inmates[edit]


  1. ^ "LCCF". Archived from the original on 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  2. ^ "Lea County Correctional Facility - the GEO Group Inc". Archived from the original on 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  3. ^ http://amarillo.com/stories/102298/new_LG3450.001.shtml
  4. ^ ""A Record of Dishonesty"".
  5. ^ http://www.sourcewatch.org/images/1/1e/DOJ_Press_Release-lea-county.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/nov/15/new-mexico-fines-private-prison-operator/?print=1
  7. ^ "NM Gets Tougher on Private Prisons".
  8. ^ "Offender Search | NM Corrections Department". Archived from the original on 10 August 2020.
  9. ^ "NMCD Offender Search".
  10. ^ Glatt, John (2002). Cries in the Desert. Macmillan. p. 276. ISBN 9780312977566. OCLC 49937160.
  11. ^ Fielder, Jim (2003). Slow Death. Kensington Pub. p. 315. ISBN 9780786011995. OCLC 51455524.

Coordinates: 32°45′51″N 103°13′25″W / 32.76408°N 103.22368°W / 32.76408; -103.22368