Las Colinas Detention Facility

Las Colinas Detention Facility

9000 Cottonwood Ave.

Santee, CA 92071

(619) 402-1312

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The Las Colinas Detention Facility (LCDF) serves as the primary point of intake for women inmates in San Diego County.  This facility began as a juvenile facility in 1967 and was converted to an adult women’s institution in 1979.  LCDF is the department’s oldest facility.


LCDF rests on 15 acres of land and has 11 housing units.  Of the 11 units, seven are “dormitory” style, meaning the inmates share a common living and sleeping space. The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) rated capacity is 432 beds.


LCDF processes and houses all classification levels of inmates, from the minor misdemeanor offenses to violent offenses. LCDF also has a Psychiatric Security Unit.


LCDF runs a 24-hour a day medical operation including weekends and holidays.  In addition to daily nursing rounds, contracted physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, Planned Parenthood, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedics and Internal Medicine visit the facility daily.


The Detention Services Bureau contracts with the Grossmont School District to provide educational and vocational programs for the inmates.  Inmates may participate in the Clothing Manufacturing, Computer Graphics, Office Occupations (data entry), Landscaping and all GED programs. The programs are designed to give the inmates exposure to the skills for future employment opportunities.


LCDF has a complete kitchen staffed by senior cooks, a supervisor, and inmates. The LCDF Food Services Unit is prepared to and will provide meals to Law Enforcement and volunteer personnel during a county critical incident (i.e. Search and Rescue Missions and Natural Disaster incidents).