Central Detention Center
Carlos Espinoza, Captain
630 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Originally opened in 1971, Central Detention Center (CDC) served as the main county jail for 20 years. Overcrowding issues in the 1980s resulted in the county building West Valley Detention Center in 1991. Central Jail (as it was known then) closed for a few years due to budgetary constraints. It reopened in 1994 when the Sheriff negotiated a contract with the U.S. Marshal's Service to house federal prisoners.
For the past 10 years CDC has been the primary booking facility for the police and sheriff stations operating in the east valley area. During that time CDC has housed up to 850 federal inmates daily. Currently we house around 330 federal inmates and around 600 county inmates. We booked over 20,000 inmates during the past 12 months.
The Marshal's Service utilizes C.D.C. as a West Coast Hub for the transportation and housing of federal inmates. They arrive and leave daily from locations throughout the U.S. and the Pacific Rim Islands. A Federal Grant and revenues from the contract have allowed us to retrofit and make numerous upgrades. We have added new paint, furniture, metal detectors, a new security camera system, and a complete remodel of the kitchen.
CDC currently hosts a Juvenile Intervention Program for Kids (13-17 yrs.) at risk. Our close knit employees do an incredible job keeping up with and embracing an ever changing correctional environment.