South Bay Detention Facility
500 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Located in the City of Chula Vista,
the South Bay Detention Facility (SBDF) is situated four stories
beneath the South Bay Regional Justice Center and opened for service
to the community in 1982. It is a non-booking facility consisting of
two detention levels.
SBDF has a Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) rated capacity of 386 inmates, consisting both high and
low-level inmate classifications.
SBDF maintains a track
record as being one of the safest facilities for both inmates and
staff. It consistently records some of the lowest crime rates per
population. Thus, inmate morale is higher and incidents involving
injuries to inmates and/or staff are minimal.
As one of San Diego County’s less populated
detention facilities, SBDF can be managed by a dozen deputies and a Watch
Commander. A full complement of professional support staff helps
keep the facility running efficiently. A professionally trained
medical staff treats inmates for minor afflictions and illnesses.
Detention Processing staff manage the inmates court appearances and assist the friends and family of inmates to
coordinate visitation, financial transactions, and bail.
SBDF provides a wide range of services to assist
inmates in preparation to rejoin society as productive, law-abiding
citizens. A full-time counselor is staffed to address individual
needs and coordinate recovery programs for the inmates to attend. Inmates are encouraged to attend Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics
Anonymous meetings conducted by certified instructors who come in
and provide bilingual services. Church services and bible study are
also provided to the inmates in both Spanish and English.