Valencia County Adult Detention Center – Los Lunas, NM

Valencia County Adult Detention Center is in Valencia County, NM and is the primary jail for that county. Are you looking for somebody in jail at Valencia County Adult Detention Center? This page gives you about everything related to Valencia County Adult Detention Center: How to do a jail inmate search. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Intake procedures and booking. Valencia County court information. And more…

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary and daunting thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and tips you need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it, and any comments or tips that would help other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Valencia County Adult Detention Center
436 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM 87031

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 505-565-8900
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Valencia County Adult Detention Center you will have to click on their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Valencia County Adult Detention Center Inmate Roster is a list of persons who are in jail, including custody status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get info about anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you have your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another jail you should look here: List of all jails in New Mexico


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is a picture taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one full face and a side photo. Your full name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be viewed on the Valencia County Adult Detention Center website, or you can see them at the Valencia County Adult Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input the prisoner’s full name, and a booking date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot taken down from the Valencia County Adult Detention Center site? This can be tricky, as the mugshot is public record. You need to file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you are locked up, your only thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail is decided by the magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you will have to promise to go to your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

Usually, an inmate at Valencia County Adult Detention Center will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to go back to jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you may be allowed to move to a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is money that you have to pay to the courts in order to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount set so you can be released from jail. If you fail to show up for court, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Valencia County Adult Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, its really easy. First of all, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If so, you can’t use the services of a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bondsman may request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, will answer a bunch of questions, such as your full legal name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and will be stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to use the phone in order to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to wear your own clothes, if not you you will be given a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process can take between 15 minutes to all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can pay your bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether or not you’ve got a cash bond amount or if a magistrate must determine how much to set your bail at. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the date of your release, expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. For a warrant, go down to the jail processing area, and tell the intake officer that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if there is one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go down to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you are not late to report. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you go to jail, such as your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be entered in a Visiting log as an authorized visitor. Every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone that gets to visitation or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
The Valencia County Adult Detention Center visitation procedures can change, so you should visit the official Valencia County Adult Detention Center jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Phone calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls could be reduced or eliminated completely.

The Valencia County Adult Detention Center phone number is: 505-565-8900

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent using US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to clearly print the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter that you send. Do not send a box, envelope with padding, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with metal inside. Any mail gets opened and examined by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Valencia County Adult Detention Center is:

Valencia County Adult Detention Center
436 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM 87031

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Valencia County Adult Detention Center
436 Courthouse Road
Los Lunas, NM 87031


The mail policy at Valencia County Adult Detention Center is always changing, so be sure to check the the Valencia County Adult Detention Center website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have particular rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to get a friend or relative to find an attorney when you talk to them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘but do I really need a lawyer’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you understand the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your situation, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, experts in forensics and social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are members of the New Mexico State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public records and are available upon request. They include a file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in your case. You can access court records via the online service, or at the Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the charges associated with your case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

The Valencia County magistrate is the judge that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates do a number of different things, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is put together with information about your background and details of the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into account when determining your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to see a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service and probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if some you know is incarcerated in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you need to access the jail website and do an inmate search, and search using:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Valencia County jail website or you can call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, either by phone, go there in person, or look online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, like court orders. You can find these by getting in touch with the Valencia County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but remember that you will not be able to get the precise address, rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and all of the documents and filings filed in your case. You can access the court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains records of someone’s criminal past. These online databases are connected so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal records search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to find out if someone has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it easy? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the Valencia County courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Valencia County,the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Valencia County jail is very scary, you will soon settle into the routine that is set for you. You should expect an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00am, and then roll call. After roll call you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Valencia County Adult Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Valencia County Adult Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The rules for sending money to someone in jail at Valencia County Adult Detention Center is likely to change, so you should review the the Valencia County Adult Detention Center website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Valencia County Adult Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Valencia County Adult Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Valencia County Adult Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever spent any time in this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can include in your review:

    • Conditions in Valencia County Adult Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you get arrested? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Valencia County Adult Detention Center? Were the other inmates cool? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Are you trying to find somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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