Vista Detention Facility
325 S. Melrose Dr., Ste. 200
Vista, CA 92081
The Vista Detention Facility (VDF) is classified
as a Type II Facility by the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC). VDF serves as the primary point
of intake for male and female arrestees in northern San Diego County.
Opened in 1978, VDF sits on several acres of developed land which
is owned and operated by the County of San Diego. The facility has been remodeled twice.
In 1989, VDF expanded an additional 576 beds, bringing its total to
886. The BSCC rated capacity is 825
beds. VDF is just one building in the massive North County
Regional Center complex (NCRC). Other buildings include the North
County Superior Courts, Vista Sheriff’s Station, and the North County
Law Library. All buildings with the exception of the Law Library are
The population at VDF consists primarily of
inmates awaiting court proceedings for North County cases.
Our special handling inmate population consists of those with
medical challenges, those under psychiatric care, an administrative segregation unit, as well as
defendants facing high-publicity trials.
VDF provides a wide
range of medical and psychiatric services, including infectious
disease control, X-ray and dental care. Services are provided by
physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, nurses, and clinical social