Since 1986, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has had the concept of opening and operating a new correctional facility. During this time the Salt River Police Department was in-charge of the Detention services and had been concerned about the conditions in the facility.
In 1987 and 1988, the Salt River facility was reviewed and assessed by the National Institute of Corrections (N.I.C.) and the National Academy of Public Administration.
In 1989, the Salt River Community Council passed a resolution that:
On August 16, 2007, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community moved into a brand new state of the art corrections facility. The facility utilizes a mix of direct and indirect supervision for adult inmates with a single control center.
In the Juvenile detention, Corrections Officers will provide direct supervision to detain juveniles to the extent possible.
Within all these areas of operation the Salt River Department of Corrections believes: