Metropolitan Detention Center

Members of the public may volunteer at the Metropolitan Detention Center for religious offerings or other programs. 

All volunteers are required to be endorsed by a church, non-profit or other similar organization.

Prospective volunteers are asked to call 505-839-8718 to schedule an appointment. If the prospective volunteer's offering of service is a need at the Metropolitan Detention Center, an application packet will be distributed at the time of the interview.

After the application packet is complete - including signatures from the applicant and a witness, and copies of the applicant's drivers license and Social Security card - return the packet via fax at (505) 462-9752.

After the applicant's background check passes, staff will contact the applicant to attend an initial orientation. After the volunteer's orientation is completed, he/she will be scheduled with a day, time and location, and placed on the volunteer list with the MDC front lobby receptionist.

Volunteers can serve on a weekly basis; and MDC requires that volunteers serve at least once a month. They are also required to attend an annual meeting, usually held during business hours.

For more information on the volunteer process, please call (505) 839-8718.


The Metropolitan Detention Center is always looking for donations of new, plastic reading glasses in all strengths. New or used paperbacks in good, clean condition are also appreciated, as are art supplies such as regular and colored pencils, clear plastic colored pens, art paper and white cotton fabric. To donate these items, call (505) 839-8779.

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