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 the management of the facility in 2009. The SLRDC housed male and female detainees with a capacity of 548 beds and in November 2011 Emerald completed an expansion to the facility adding 368 beds. The facility houses inmates in partnership with the United States Marshal Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Warden David Rivas of Emerald’s San Luis Regional Detention
Center in San Luis, Arizona, and brings more than 36 years overall criminal
justice experience in both the private and public sector. 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.
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 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.