Lincoln County Detention Center

Lincoln County

The Lincoln County Detention Center (LCDC) is located in the Tularosa Basin northwest of Ruidoso in Carrizozo, New Mexico. The facility opened in 2001 and Emerald Correctional Management took over management of the facility in May 2008. The LCDC houses male and female detainees with a total capacity of 144 beds. The facility houses inmates in partnership with the United States Marshal Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Lincoln County.


Warden Arthur Anderson joined Emerald Correctional Management as Warden of the Rolling Plains Regional Jail and Detention Center in October 2009, transferring to the Lincoln County Detention Center in October 2010. As the Warden, Mr. Anderson has the responsibility for the operation, management, security and control of the facility.

Warden Anderson brings more than 38 years of corrections experience spending most of those years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). While employed by the TDCJ, Mr. Anderson was named Warden of the Year in 2004 for the State of Texas. He retired from the TDCJ in 2005 and was employed by a leading provider of private corrections.

Warden Anderson earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Law Enforcement and Police Administration and Correctional Science, as well as a Certificate in Criminal Justice - Correctional Science. He graduated with honors.

Community Involvement

The LCDC works closely with the Lincoln County Adult Literacy Program (LCALP) and the Ruidoso Public Library.

The Lincoln County Detention Center offers a Literacy Program run by LCALP volunteers who work closely with those individuals who do not possess an education above the 7th grade level. With the program's success, LCALP expanded their involvement to include GED classes for participants who are interested in furthering their education and obtaining their GED. Participants spend three hours on Saturdays attending classes run by LCALP volunteers covering the subjects of Reading, Writing, Math, Language and Social Studies.