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The Boone County Jail, located in Burlington, Kentucky, is the only immigration detention facility in Kentucky. On an average day, the facility houses roughly 50 to 60 immigration detainees. In a given year, the facility houses around 1,300 ICE detainees. While most (90%) are ultimately deported, a significant number (6%) are able to bond out.
Contacting the Facility
Boone County Jail
3020 Conrad Lane
Burlington, Kentucky 41005
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you. The jail staff at Boone County will not pass along non-emergency messages to detainees. Also, Boone County inmates are not allowed free phone calls to family and friends. Accordingly, you will need to make sure and add money to the inmate’s account so that he can purchase a calling card.
To deposit money in the person’s account, you can do so online at www.inmatedeposits.com. Or you can mail a money order to the facility’s PO Box Address: P.O. Box 898 (Conrad), Burlington, Kentucky, 41005. When the money is deposited in the inmate’s account, he or she will be able to purchase calling cards.
To visit the person, go to the Boone County Jail on the appropriate date and time:
- for inmates with last names beginning with letters A-L, go on Tuesdays, from 7:30am-10am
- for inmates with last names beginning with letters M-Z, go on Thursdays from 7:30am-10am
- for all inmates, go on Saturdays from 7:30am-10am
Note: visitation is only allowed in 30 minute increments.
To send mail to the person, use the facility’s post office box address:
Inmate Name, Alien Number, Booking Number
P.O. Box 898 (Conrad Lane)
Burlington, Kentucky 41005
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The ICE deportation officers are located in Chicago, Illinois. They can be reached at (312)347-2400 (Ext. 5). To be routed to the correct officer, have available the person’s full name, alien number, and country of nationality. The Chicago ERO Field Office is located at 101 W. Congress Parkway, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60604. The head ICE officer assigned to Boone County Jail is Assistant Field Office Director Louie Zamora. The head officer in charge of all ICE detention centers in the Chicago region is Field Office Director Ricardo A. Wong.
ICE detainees at Boone County Jail may be eligible for release on an immigration bond, depending on several factors, like criminal history, familial and social ties to the US, and chances of getting relief before an immigration court. To find out ICE’s position on bond eligibility, speak to the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case. The officer can be reached by calling the Chicago ERO Field Office at (312)347-2400 (Ext. 5). Regardless of whether ICE denies bond, the person may be eligible for release. Contact an immigration lawyer in the area to find out your options.
Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. However, Boone County Jail detainees are released the fastest when bond is posted at the Chicago ERO Field Office:
Chicago ERO Field Office
101 W. Congress Parkway Suite 4000
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Bring to the office a cashier’s check or money order written to the Department of Homeland Security.
The Removal Process
Immigration detainees at Boone County Jail are put into removal proceedings by ICE. This is where the government seeks to deport a person due to an immigration violation, like entering the country without admission, or overstaying a visa, or violating the conditions of a non-immigrant visa. If the person has not been deported before, he or she is normally entitled to make a case to an immigration judge, and to have a legal representative appear on his or her behalf.
ICE detainees at Boone County have their cases heard by the Chicago Immigration Court. Currently, there is no televideo capability at the Boone County Jail, so inmates are physically transported to the court. Right now, the following judges in Chicago are assigned to the detained docket:
- Judge Philip DiMarzio
- Judge Eliza C. Klein
Inmates released from Boone County Jail must still appear at the Chicago Immigration Court, usually before a different immigration judge. The non-detained cases at the Chicago Immigration Court are heard at 55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900, Chicago, Illinois 60603-5701.
Detained cases in Chicago take approximately 44 days for completion.
The Boone County Jail received media attention in October of 2011, when it was named in a non-profit’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security. The National Immigrant Justice Center sued DHS for the mistreatment of ICE detainees at a number of detention facilities, including Boone County. It is alleged that an ICE detainee told two nurses at Boone County Jail that he was HIV positive, but they never gave him treatment. The inmate was later transported to the Tri-County Detention Center in Illinois, where the inmate allegedly did not receive any additional medical treatment.
If you are having difficulty locating an immigration detainee at the Boone County Jail, you may want to try contacting any the following facilities: