West Texas Detention Facility

West Texas Detention

The West Texas Detention Facility (WTDF) is located approximately 88 miles east of El Paso, Texas on Interstate 10. The facility opened in 2004 and houses male and female pretrial detainees with a total capacity of 1,053 beds. The facility houses inmates in partnership with the United States Marshal Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Warden Don Franklin has more than 35 years criminal justice experience, 30 of which were spent in law enforcement. Upon his retirement as an honorable Police Chief of the Addison, Texas Police Department, Mr. Franklin joined Emerald Correctional Management as Warden of the West Texas Detention Facility in 2008. Warden Franklin earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Business Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Technology. Warden Franklin holds a Texas Master Peace Officer License and is a certified law enforcement and ethics instructor. Don is a graduate of the Leadership Command College and most recently, the National Institute of Corrections Jail Administrator Program.

Accreditations & Affiliations

American Correctional Association Accreditation, Board of the Hudspeth County Appraisal District, Board of the Sierra Blanca Independent School District.

Community Involvement

The WTDF contributes annually to the Sierra Blanca, Ft. Hancock and Del City School District Scholarship Fund for the Hudspeth County School District; Sierra Blanca Volunteer Fire Department; and the Annual Local Churches Children’s Summer Camp.

Facility staff participate in numerous local events including the annual area-wide Christmas Canned Food Drive; the local Law Enforcement Athletic Club and the annual Sierra Blanca 4th of July Parade.

The WTDF also purchases items annually to benefit various community organizations such as animals at the Sierra Blanca 4H Stock Show; dinner meals for the Sierra Blanca Independent School District Junior and Senior Prom; and trophies for the Sierra Blanca Little Dribblers.

The WTDF occasionally provides a bus and/or driver to escort community members to district-wide school events.