Otay Mesa Prison Area

A number of incarceration and law enforcement facilities are clustered on Otay Mesa, near the international border with Mexico. east of San Diego. The Richard J. Donovan State Correctional Facility was designed to hold 2,200 inmates, but has a current population of around 5,000. As with many prisons in the state, overcrowding is forcing the use of gymnasiums and recreation areas to house prisoners. Also located here, at the end of the road on Otay Mesa, is the George Bailey County Detention facility; the Corrections Corporation of America's San Diego Correctional Facility, with over 1,000 people capacity, used by the INS and the US Marshal's Service; the East Mesa Detention facility, operated by the City of San Diego; and a new law enforcement training complex built by the FBI, Customs Service, and local police.