La Plata County Jail

To ease tension, jail inmates feast during holidays

The holidays are typically a time to spend with family and friends, so for inmates at the La Plata County Jail, a heightened sense of isolation can lead to dangerous, and at times, violent...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man arrested on suspicion of child sex assault in Forest Lakes

A 34-year-old La Plata County man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child, according to court records. La Plata County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Oct. 28 about the alleged...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County man arrested for allegedly exposing himself to Mercy nurse

A 54-year-old La Plata County man was arrested Friday after allegedly exposing himself to a nurse at Mercy Regional Medical Center. According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Durango Police...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton man arrested after threatening police with knife

A Silverton man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing after threatening a police officer with a knife. According to an arrest affidavit, San Juan County Sheriff Bruce Conrad responded to a...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Southern Ute Indian Tribe will close jail by Dec. 31

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has announced it will close its jail by the end of the year. In a news release late Wednesday, the tribe said it has been attempting for the past two years to reduce...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Inmate escapes La Plata County Jail; fugitive and 2 family members arrested

A Durango man who law enforcement says scaled a fence topped with barbed wire and escaped the La Plata County Jail weeks ago is back in custody, this time with his mother and brother, who are...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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