Juvenile Detention Center

Location and Staff

The McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center (MCJDC) is located in Gallup, New Mexico. The Juvenile Detention Center has a staff of Eighteen Officers and can house up to 38 Juveniles. We share medical staff with the Adult Detention Center, and the Doctor is on call for our facility. The Juveniles receive a Medical Intake from a nurse from the Adult Detention Center so that we have a better idea of any medical

Education and Nutrition

The McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center has an on-site School Building and a teacher from the McKinley County School System. Breakfast and lunch comes from the Schools, during regular school hours and from the Adult Detention Center for Dinner and on Weekends. Juveniles are enrolled in our school while here. The credits will be transferred to their own school upon their release.


MCJDC Operates as a Direct Supervision Detention Center. An Officer is in the Pods with the Juveniles at all times when they are out of their cells. The cells are single occupancy. We have both an outdoor recreation area and an indoor recreation for the Juveniles. McKinley County Juvenile Detention operates under the McKinley County Board of Commissioners and is committed to providing the
best possible service to all of the Juveniles.


The Mission of the McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center is to provide a safe, secure and professional environment for the Juveniles housed here.

Visitation and Mail

Visitation Hours

Monday - Friday
3 - 6 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Items allowed in the mail:
  • Underwear
  • Socks (Still in the Packages)
  • Cards
  • Letters and Money Orders. Money Orders should be made out to the Juvenile and it will be deposited into his / her Commissary / Canteen Account. They are then allowed to purchase snacks, soft drinks envelopes and stamps.

Paytel Phone System

Juveniles are allowed to place calls to Parents and Guardians. The Parent / Guardian can set up the account by calling 800-729-8355 or online at Paytel. When the account is set up, the juvenile can call the phone number set up on the account and can make calls until the money placed on the account is out.

Contract Services

The McKinley County Juvenile Detention Center Contracts Bed space with other Counties and Tribal Government.

For more Information, please contact:
  • Donna Goodrich 505-863-1440 ext. 3301
  • Jason King 505-863-1440, ext 3302