La Plata County Jail

Inmate population swells at La Plata County Jail

La Plata County Jail deputies are exhausted. One deputy slumped in her chair this week at a control center in the middle of the jail’s main housing block, which offers a panoramic view of...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested for dragging dog behind truck in Durango

An Arizona man has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and dragging a pit bull behind his truck on north Main Avenue in Durango. The incident was reported about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday by...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man who died in La Plata County Jail is identified

The Durango Police Department has identified a man who died by suicide last weekend in the La Plata County Jail. Saul Hernandez, 21, of Pagosa Springs died of self-inflicted trauma around 5:35...

DATE: May 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead in La Plata County Jail

Sheriff’s deputies found a man dead in the La Plata County Jail on Sunday, prompting an investigation by the Durango Police Department, the county coroner said. A 21-year-old inmate died by...

DATE: May 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmates receive access to adult education

Jail is often thought of as a place for people who are a menace to society. The phrase “con college” is often associated with it. But for Mary Mullen, who teaches at the jail, the notion that...

DATE: April 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dining in at the ‘La Plata Ramada’

Time drags when you’re locked up. “We’re bored,” a woman inmate says to Capt. Ed Aber as he walks by her gray cell with blue trim. She is on the ground peering out the door’s tray slot. “When’s...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Food

Archuleta County will keep sending inmates to Durango jail

Archuleta County is tightening its belt. It has to in the wake of a failed ballot measure that would have increased taxes to pay for a new jail, said county Commissioner Steve Wadley. “We laid...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmates with mental illnesses await treatment

A Navy veteran charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer was kept in the La Plata County Jail for almost three months after a judge ordered she be transfered to a mental health...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Fraud Squad’ leader gets 2 years in prison for – fraud

A man was sentenced this week to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering for collecting nearly $100,000 in stolen credit card money while serving time at the La...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Jail inmates fill sandbags to help prevent flooding below 416 Fire burn area

Inmates at the La Plata County Jail are assisting in a new service to help bring sandbags to residents whose homes are at risk of flooding from heavy rains on the 416 Fire burn scar. La Plata...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

State abruptly shuts down DeNier youth detention center

The Robert E. DeNier Youth Services Center, a youth detention center in Durango, abruptly closed Thursday after the state suspended its license on suspicion of inappropriate treatment of youth...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Jail inmate escapes from outside work assignment

A La Plata County Jail inmate assigned to outside work at the Durango/La Plata County Senior Center escaped Tuesday. Marty Kelly Yazzie, 30, walked out of the senior center between noon and 12:15...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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