San Luis Regional Detention Center
and Support Center

The San Luis Regional Detention Center (SLRDC) and Support Center is located approximately 20 miles south of Yuma. The facility opened in 2007 and Emerald Correctional Management took over management of the facility in 2009. The SLRDC houses male and female detainees with a capacity of 548 beds. The facility houses inmates in partnership with the City of San Luis, the United States Marshal Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Patrol, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cocopah Indian Tribe and the Colorado River Indian Tribe.


Warden David Rivas of Emerald’s San Luis Regional Detention Center in San Luis, Arizona brings more than 36 years of criminal justice experience in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Rivas was previously employed by the Arizona Department of Corrections, holding positions to include: Warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex, Lewis – a complex of six units with over 4,700 inmates; Warden of the Arizona State Prison Complex, Douglas; and Deputy Warden of Operations, Phoenix Complex.

Mr. Rivas also served in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years, having attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. During his 20 year tour, he had the opportunity to serve as a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. Mr. Rivas earned a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice while serving in the Marine Corps. He is a Certified Correctional Executive for the American Correctional Association and has served as a Consultant conducting audits for the American Correctional Association.

Community Involvement

The San Luis Regional Detention and Support Center maintains a positive relationship with the City of San Luis. Representatives from each respective entity attend and participate in each other's ceremonies and important events.

The staff at the SLRDC participates in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch run to benefit the Special Olympics; the Health and Safety Event sponsored by the San Luis Police Department, which gives children the opportunity to interact with police and public safety officers to show them they can confide in them and to show them how to take care of their safety; and the Red Ribbon Parade which is hosted by the Somerton Police Department, The Somerton School Distrcit and the Cocopah Tribal Police Department. The Red Ribbon Parade is part of Red Ribbon Week in commemoration of Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena and is nationally recognized for teaching school children and youth to avoid drug use.

The SLRDC donates used pants and shirts to the Goodwill Stores in the community.

The Detention Center participated in the "Battle of the Badges", a boxing charity event involving law enforcement officers in friendly boxing matches to raise money for children in outreach programs.