George Bailey Detention Facility

George Bailey Detention Facility

446 Alta Rd. Ste. 5300

San Diego, CA 92158-0002

(619) 210-0385



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George F. Bailey Detention Facility (GBDF) is located in a remote location in Otay Mesa. The facility is one of four currently operating as part of the East Mesa Detention Complex.  It shares the complex with East Mesa Reentry Facility (EMRF), East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility (EMJDF), and the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) - a privately run federal detention center.

New Traffic Pattern

Improvements to Hwy 905 have resulted in a change in traffic patterns approaching the George Bailey Detention Complex. Click the image above to see the new approach.

GBDF is a maximum security facility and the largest of all the facilities operated under the San Diego County Sheriff’s jurisdiction.  Construction of the facility was completed in 1991.  The facility was opened for limited operation in 1993 and was fully operational in 1994. 


The facility design includes six housing units, a medical area, an inmate processing area and an administrative area.  Located in the administrative area are the Detentions Processing Unit, Operational Support Unit, and the Facility Command staff.

Staffing levels include sworn and professional staff in both operational and support roles. They are comprised of Food Services, Religious Services, Medical Services, Counseling Services, Laundry and Supply Services, Administrative Support Services, Detention Processing Services, and Maintenance Support.

The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) rated capacity is 1,380 inmates. It houses a very diverse population of inmates, some with special housing needs. Currently, the facility houses three units of distinct special management inmates.