Vista Detention Facility

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325 S. Melrose Dr., #200
Vista, CA 92081
Public: (760) 936-0014
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  • Opened in 1978
  • Expanded in 1989 adding 576 beds
  • Rated Capacity: 825
  • Annual New Bookings: 22,382
  • Facility Size: 170,000 sq. ft.

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 current 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 physically connected.

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 workers.

Veteran Moving Forward Program

Moving Forward Program at the Vista Detention Facility

In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Vista Detention Facility opened the first ever Veteran’s Module in the San Diego jail system on November 1, 2013.  The Veterans Moving Forward Program is dedicated to assisting our incarcerated veterans by providing them the necessary in-custody programs, services and community resources to reduce their rate of recidivism.  The Veteran Moving Forward Program promotes an environment of responsibility and accountability.  Participants  are expected to demonstrate positive actions and work proactively toward their own success. Participants are required to participate in all assessments and all programming. The veteran’s module comes with privileges and incentives not available in standard housing units and therefore, compliance with facility rules and regulations is required. Veterans are assigned to the module under certain custody conditions and on a voluntary basis.  Participants can expect significant involvement from Correctional Counselors, VA Social Workers, and Sheriff’s sworn staff in the day to day operation of the module and programs to facilitate participant goals.