444 Hereford Street
Raton NM 87740
Phone: (575) 445-3691
Fax: (575)445-3692
Mailing Address:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

County Manager's Office and County Assessor's Office open through lunch.

Gabriel E. Sandoval

Rose Bernal
Administrative Lieutenant

Vigil/Maldonado Detention Center

The Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center was built in 1989 as a 42-bed facility. The Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center is named after two long-time serving Colfax County Sheriffs, Mr. Joe Vigil and former Colfax County Commission Chairman Mr. Jim Maldonado.

The Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center currently works in collaboration with Family Practice and Associates of Raton for all the inmates’ medical services and Tri-County Community Services for mental health needs.  Summit Food Services is contracted to provide meals to the facility and all meals are cooked on-site, ensuring hot meals.  Commissary, or the “jail store,” is under the direction of jail staff.

As we progress, we will be working on different types of service-oriented programs for the inmates to participate in as a means of rehabilitation.

Detention Center Administrator

Gabriel SandovalGabriel E. Sandoval is a lifelong resident of Colfax County and was born in Raton, New Mexico. He graduated from Raton High School in 1974 and married his high school sweetheart, Debra. Their marriage continues strong after 40 hears. Gabriel has three children; John, Desiree, and Devon. He also has four grandchildren, Skylar, Cadence, Cameron, and Carsyn. Gabriel comes from several generations of coal miners, and was a coal miner for 17 years for P & M until the closing of the mine in 1995.

After the mines shut down, Gabriel started a career in detention. He worked a few years at the New Mexico Boys School and then left to pursue a career in adult corrections. He worked for CCA in in Colorado for a few years before returning to Raton. He started working at the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center in 2001 as a line officer, then was promoted to Sergeant in 2002. In 2010 he was promoted to Administrative Lieutenant and in 2012 he was promoted to Detention Administrator.

Besides being an avid musician, Gabriel likes to go camping, fishing, and spending quality time with his family.


Administrative Lieutenant

Rosalie BernalRosalie A. Bernal has been a life-long resident of Colfax County. She is married and has three children. Rosalie was a graduate of Raton High School in 1976, was the Store Manager for Wilson Oil Corporation for 20 years, and a business owner for 17 years.

Rosalie is currently studying Criminal Justice at Luna Community College and is working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has been employed with Colfax County for 22 years and has held her current position as Lieutenant for the Detention Center for three years.

Administrative Assistant

Cecilia VerdinCecilia Ann Verdin has been a life-long reside of Raton, New Mexico in Colfax County. She has two children, and was a Raton High School graduate in 1990.

Cecilia has been employed with the Vigil Maldonado Detention Center for four years.

Mission Statement
As part of the criminal justice system, the mission of the Vigil-Maldonado Detention Center is to incarcerate all persons legally placed in our custody in the most humane and constitutional way possible while guaranteeing the safety and security of the community, detainees, visitors, and staff.

The duties of the detention center staff are to be carried out with an attitude and behavior that evokes honesty, integrity, and professionalism, as to be an asset to the community of which they serve.  The policies and procedures contained is our manual are to govern the attitude and behaviors of the detention center staff to ensure the best and most humane treatment to all in our custody.

Commissary Services
Commissary is the inmates’ version of a grocery store.  Commissary is a privilege that is given once a week.  If an inmate is not on restriction, he/she is permitted to purchase snack foods, entertainment (games, puzzle books), or personal items from the detention center commissary.  Inmates can purchase items only if they have the funds on their accounts.  In order for an inmate to have money available for commissary, it has to be received by the end of business on Mondays, as the inmates generally receive their order forms on Tuesdays.

Indigent Inmates
If an inmate has been incarcerated for two weeks and has not received any money on his/her account, he/she is entitled to indigent supplies.  These include basic hygiene products and materials to write letters (5 envelopes, 5 stamps, and 10 pieces of paper per month.  Hygiene products are distributed to indigent inmates every two weeks.

The Vigil Maldonado Detention Center only accepts money orders or cashier’s checks.  This applies to monies intended for an inmate’s commissary account as well as money to be posted as a bond.  For money intended to be used for commissary, the cashier’s check or money order is to be made payable to the inmate, as it is placed in an account under the inmate’s name.  Money orders and cashier’s checks can be taken to the detention center daily between 8am and 4pm, excluding holidays.

Visitations are a privilege and are scheduled for inmates on weekends only.  The visiting hours are 8am to 4pm and the visits are scheduled according to the location of the inmate in the facility.  Inmates in A and B pods are scheduled on Saturdays and inmates in C and D Pods are scheduled on Sundays.  Appointments are scheduled Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm, and Friday 8am-12pm, by calling the detention center.  In order for an appointment to be made, the inmate must have turned in a visiting list and the person scheduling the appointment must be on that list and allowed to visit.  Anyone person coming to the detention center to visit must have no felony on their record as we do not allow felons to have a visit.  If an inmate has not been in the facility for 48 hours, a visit cannot be scheduled.  Visits are for 60 minutes for up to five (5) people per inmate.  There are no special visits and days and times of visits are subject to change at any time without prior notice.  All visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is allowed to visit the inmate.

Proper addressing of incoming mail is very important.  Mail should be addressed as:
The inmate’s name
444 Hereford Ave.
Raton, NM 87740
The sender also needs to legibly write their name and return address in case the inmate has been released or there is another reason the mail must be sent back.  If an inmate has been released before receiving a letter, the letter is either sent back “return to sender” or placed into the inmate’s file.  All incoming mail is opened and searched for contraband prior to being given to the inmate.  The detention center restricts access to publications that could adversely affect the security of all in the facility or the orderly running of operations.

Inmates are not allowed to receive some things through the mail.  These include:

    Greeting cards of any kind are not allowed.  If they come through the mail, they will be sent back “return to sender.”
    Facility-to-facility correspondence
    Personal checks or cash
    Extra paper, stamps, envelopes, or stationary
    Plastic cards or laminated items
    Correspondence contains more than 4 photos that exceed 5x7 inches in size
    Nude, obscene, or pornographic photos, pictures, or drawings (this includes pictures of people in only undergarments)
    Anything that promotes the violation of any facility policy or rule
    Any writing that is in code or written in a way that staff cannot understand the substance of the correspondence
    Anything that could be construed as gang affiliated or may encourage or instruct the inmate to participate in gang or criminal activity
    Newspaper clippings
    Books or magazines
    Letters covered in perfume, cologne, lipstick, or stickers
    Materials that could be used to aid an escape from an institution, including plans, diagrams, or blueprints of the institution
    Material printed off of the internet

Mail without a name and returned address will be rejected and disposed.  Envelopes covered with drawings, artwork, “gang-related graffiti”, stickers, tape, or anything that may be deemed questionable by the administration will be rejected.