Immigration Detention Justice Center

Baker County Detention Facility

The Baker County Detention Facility, located in MacClenny, Florida, is a county jail  that houses approximately 175 immigration detainees.  Baker County  holds these inmates pursuant to an Intergovernmental Services Agreement (IGSA) with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  These immigration detainees are held pending completion of their removal hearings and pending deportation.  The Baker County Detention Facility is also referred to as the Baker County Detention Center and the Baker County Jail.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

Baker County Detention Facility
1 Sheriff’s Office Drive
MacClenny, Florida 32063

Phone:

(904)259-2231

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you.  The Baker County Jail will not connect a family or friend directly to an inmate, and the jail will not provide free phone calls.  Thus, to connect with a detainee by phone, you will need to add set up and add money to a phone account.  Once the phone account is set up, you can leave a message for the detainee to call you at the number you choose.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, call (877)650-4249 or visit www.offenderconnect.com.  To add money to the person’s commissary account, so the detainee can make purchases inside the jail, call (866)345-1884.

To visit the a person at the detention facility in Baker County, go to 1 Sheriff’s Office Drive, MacClenny, Florida 32063 during the following hours:

  • for inmates with last names beginning with the letters A through M, between 8:30am-12pm
  • for inmates with last names beginning with the letters N through Z, between 1:30pm-5pm

To send mail to the person, use the following address:

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Baker County Detention Facility
1 Sheriff’s Office Drive
MacClenny, Florida 32063

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Baker County Jail

Baker County Jail

The deportation officers who handle cases out of Baker County are officed in Jacksonville, Florida.  The ICE Jacksonville office can be reached at (904)281-8568, press “0,” and ask to be connected to a deportation officer.  To be properly routed, have available the detainee’s alien number.  (Deportation officers are assigned to cases based on the last three digits of a person’s alien number.)  The supervising ICE officer is Assistant Field Office Director John F. Stevenson.  He is supervised by Field Officer Director Marc J. Moore of the Miami Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office.  Officer Moore can be reached at (954)236-4900.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some detainees may be eligible for release on an immigration bond, especially those who lack serious criminal convictions or have strong ties to the U.S. citizens.  To find out if ICE is willing to release an immigration detainee on bond, call the Jacksonville ERO office at (904)281-8568 and ask for the deportation officer assigned to the detainee’s case.  Keep in mind that ICE will sometimes deny bond even when a person is eligible for release.  In these situations, it is possible to have a bond set by an immigration judge.  For more details, contact an immigration lawyer in the area.

To post an immigration bond, you can go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. But because the person’s case file is in Florida, it is recommended that you post bond at any of the following three offices:

Krome Service Processing Center
18201 SW 12th Street
Miami, Florida 33194

Orlando ICE Office
9495 Delegates Drive
Orlando, Florida 32837

Tampa Office
5524 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, Florida 33607

The person posting bond should be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident and should bring two forms of photo ID.

The Removal Process

Immigrant detainees at Baker County Jail are normally placed in removal proceedings.  In these proceedings, ICE attempts to prove why the person should be deported from the United States.  The detainee has the opportunity to respond the ICE’s allegation and sometimes apply for relief from deportation.

Immigration Court

Baker County inmates appear via televideo at the Orlando Immigration Court.  While the inmates remain at the jail facility, the judge, and usually the attorneys, will appear in Orlando.  The inmates and the judge are able to communicate through videoconferencing.  Currrently, there is only one judge assigned to the detained docket at Orlando — Judge James Grim.

When a person is released from Baker County on bond, his case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket at the Orlando Immigration Court.  Most of the time this means that a different judge is assigned to the case.  Note that, even if a person is released on bond, he or she must still attend all of his her hearings.

Timeframe

It can take up to 3 weeks for an immigration detainee to see an immigration judge, from the time that he or she is booked into the Baker County Detention Center.  From the time of the first appearance, the case can be concluded anywhere between 1 week to 3 months, on average.

Facility Background

The Baker County Jail is owned and operated by Baker County.  Sheriff Joey B. Dobson oversees the jail’s operations, and was instrumental in negotiating a deal with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees.

In 2008, the Baker County Detention Center received a massive $32 million upgrade to replace an overcrowded facility built over 30 years earlier.  Part of what made the upgrade possible was that Immigration and Customs Enforcement had promised revenue for Baker County in exchange for housing ICE detainee.

In the fall of 2010, the ICE inmates at Baker County Jail received media attention when a nonprofit group named Florida Institutional Legal Services filed a public records request asking for the inmates’ names.  The Baker County Sheriff refused to comply, citing a federal immigration regulation which prohibits immigration detention facilities from releasing information about ICE detainees, notwithstanding state disclosure laws.  The nonprofit filed suit, setting up a clash between federal and state laws and a legal debate about the scope of federal power.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Baker County Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:

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