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Maricopa County, located in the southern-central region of Arizona, is the state’s most populated county and the fourth most populated county in the United States. Not only that, but it is also one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties today. Approximately 4.5 million people call Maricopa County their home, with plenty more expected within the coming years.   

Phoenix, AZ is perhaps the most popular city in Maricopa County, but the county includes several other busy cities, including Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale, Buckeye, Paradise Valley, Sun City, Sun City West, Fountain Hills, Tempe, Queen Creek, Surprise, Avondale, El Mirage, Cave Creek, Goodyear, Youngtown, Litchfield Park, Gilbert, Carefree, Tolleson, Apache Junction, Gila Bend, Peoria, Guadalupe, Chandler, Gilbert, and Wickenburg. 

With so many cities and such an expansive population, Maricopa County has several detention facilities for those who have been charged with or convicted of a criminal offense. 

Fourth Avenue Jail

201 S. 4th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 876-0322

Fourth Avenue Jail is the most secure detention facility in the Maricopa County Jail system. It houses male inmates in general, medium, and maximum populations, as well as some of the highest security inmates. The facility holds approximately 2,064 beds and 1,152 cells.

Estrella Jail

2939 W. Durango Road
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 876-0322

Estrella Jail is a detention center for female inmates who have been sentenced or who are still awaiting prison sentences. It houses approximately 1,500 women of the minimum, medium, and maximum general population.

Lower Buckeye Jail

3250 W. Lower Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 876-0322

The Lower Buckeye Jail is the largest detention center in Arizona. The majority of inmates are male, but there are female inmates who are housed separately in the mental health unit and infirmary. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website, “The Lower Buckeye Jail houses non-sentenced male: minimum and medium general population inmates; minimum, medium, and maximum administrative restrictive housing inmates; minimum, medium, and maximum Nature of Charge (NOC) inmates and fully-sentenced working inmates” as well as “all classifications of remanded male/female juvenile inmates, as well as disciplinary restrictive housing inmates.”

Towers Jail

3127 W. Gibson Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 876-0322

The Towers Jail in Phoenix, AZ is Maricopa County’s least populated jail facility and also it’s oldest. It houses male medium security-general population inmates, most of which are awaiting trial and sentencing.

Watkins Jail

2680 South 28th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 876-0322

Watkins Jail is a newly constructed housing unit for male medium and minimum security – general population inmates. The inmate capacity is about 1,600 at any given time. This 258,000 square foot facility is considered state-of-the-art and operates on the principles of “Direct Supervision.” According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Watkins Jail staff utilize “positive reinforcement, communication, accountability, and mutual respect” for sentenced inmates, as well as provide effective supervision and incentives.

Intake, Transfer, and Release (ITR) Facility: 512 Facility

2670 South 28th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 876-0322

The 512 Facility is a temporary holding facility that recently replaced the Central Intake processing center previously at the Fourth Avenue Jail. It is actually located within the Intake, Transfer, and Release (ITR) Facility and neighbors the Watkins Jail. The facility essentially acts as a buffer between ITR and other detention centers, holding inmates for up to five days but generally no longer than 72 hours. ITR processes an estimated 100,000 bookings and 90,000 releases each year, including all Maricopa County Jail system releases from custody.

Arrested in Maricopa County? Call the Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorneys at Belén Law Firm

Maricopa County Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you’ve been arrested in Maricopa County and are being held at any of the above corrections centers or facilities, you need an experienced and local criminal defense attorney on your side to ensure your freedom and future are being aggressively fought for. That attorney is Belén Olmedo Guerra at the Belén Law Firm. As a renowned Phoenix-based criminal defense lawyer, Belén has extensive experience handling charges of all types of crimes across the state of Arizona. She knows what it takes to protect her clients and achieve the best possible resolution in their case, whether that’s a reduced prison sentence, probation, dismissed or dropped charges, or even an acquittal at trial. 

Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or petty crime or are facing a serious felony charge, our dedicated Phoenix criminal defense attorneys at Belén Law Firm can help. Some of the types of cases we regularly handle at our firm include:

If you don’t see your specific offense listed above, don’t worry. At Belén Law Firm, our attorneys are prepared to handle all types of Arizona criminal offenses. If you or a family member has recently been arrested and charged with a crime in Maricopa County, give us a call at (602) 715-0908 for a free consultation to discuss your legal case today. You can also contact us online here.

We provide 24/7 legal advice and accept calls from inmates in all Maricopa County Jails and penitentiaries across the state, including Pima County, Yuma County, Pinal County, Cochise County, and Yavapai County.

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