About Us

Since its opening in 1981, the Martinez Detention Facility (M.D.F.) has become a model for future detention facilities and a regional resource center for the National Institute of Corrections (N.I.C.). Professionals have come from all over the world to tour and study this facility.

In 1984, the advisory board of the N.I.C. formally endorsed the direct supervision / non-barrier approach to correctional facility design and operation for jurisdictions contemplating construction or renovation of prisons and jails. 

The Martinez Detention Facility was built to house pre-sentenced and sentenced inmates who do not qualify for less restrictive environments. This facility houses the Bureau Commander and support personnel for the entire division. Also, direction for the Custody Alternative Facility originates from this building.

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