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The Bristol County Jail, located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, houses immigration detainees who are in removal proceedings or are awaiting deportation. The ICE detainees are housed in the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center, a building within the Bristol County Jail complex. While the jail holds a total of 1100 inmates, only about 120 of these are immigration detainees. Of the ICE detainees, roughly 20 are female.
Contacting the Facility
Bristol County Jail / Carreiro Immigration Detention Center
400 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you directly. The Bristol County Jail will not connect you directly to a detainee by phone. The facility will also not pass messages to inmates. To convey information to a detainee, you must write him or her a letter and mail it to the facility’s address. Because phone calls are not free, make sure and add money to a collect account.
To deposit money in the person’s account, send a money order to the facility’s address. Note: Phone cards for calls within the United States are not sold inside the facility. Accordingly, you must mail a phone card to an inmate. The Bristol County Jail staff has advised that family members call their cell phone companies and ask to add money to a collect account.
To visit the a person at the detention facility, call the facility at (508)995-6400 before visiting. Visitation hours will depend on where the ICE detainee is housed. (Immigration detainees are housed in two separate locations at the Bristol County Jail.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate Name and Alien Number
Bristol County Jail
400 Faunce Corner Road
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The ICE deportation officers work out of the Massachusetts ERO Field Office, located at 10 New England Executive Park, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803. The number for the office is (781)359-7500. To find out information on a detainee’s case, call the office and ask to speak to the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case. (Cases are assigned based on the person’s alien number, so have this information available before calling.)
The head officer in charge of detained cases at Bristol County is Assistant Field Office Director Tina Guarna-Armstrong. The regional supervisor is Field Office Director Bruce E. Chadbourne. To contact either of these individuals, call the field office at (781)359-7500.
Some ICE detainees at Bristol County Jail are eligible for release on an immigration bond. Bond eligibility turns on criminal history, length of residence in the United States, the chance of getting relief from deportation, and a number of other factors. Sometimes, ICE will set a bond amount without court action. To find out if this is case, call the Massachusetts ERO Field Office at (781)359-7500. If ICE has not set a bond, contact an immigration attorney to discuss further options for obtaining release from immigration detention.
Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. However, Bristol County Jail detainees are released the fastest when bond is posted at the Burlington ICE Office:
10 New England Executive Park
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803
To contact the bond unit in Burlington, call (781)359-7500 and press ’5′.
ICE detainees released from Bristol County are not transported by ICE to the nearest bus station or airport. Before posting bond, make arrangements for the person to be picked up at the facility.
The Removal Process
Bristol County Jail detainees are typically placed in removal proceedings within 3 weeks from the time of arrest. In these proceedings, the immigrant detainee will go before an immigration judge, who decides whether the person can stay in the United States. In most cases, the detainee has the opportunity to challenge ICE’s allegations and present evidence on his own behalf. The detainee is entitled to be represented by an attorney at no expense to the government.
Persons detained in Bristol County appear via televideo at the Boston Immigration Court, located at in the JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Room 320, Boston, Massachusetts 02203. Currently, there is only one judge who hears detained cases out of Bristol County — Judge Steven F. Day. When a person is released from Bristol County Jail, his or her case is moved to the non-detained docket at the Boston Immigration Court, and will be heard by any one of the other 5 immigration judges in Boston. Note: even after a person is released on bond, he or she must attend all removal hearings, or the person will risk forfeiting the bond and being ordered removed in abstentia.
It can take as long as 3 weeks for a detainee at Bristol to see an immigration judge. Detained cases in Massachusetts take an average of 82 days to be completed.
The Bristol County Jail complex consists of multiple facilities, including the Bristol County House of Corrections, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office Women’s Center, the Carreiro Immigration Detention Center, and the Juvenile Secure Alternative Lock Up Program. The immigration detention facility consists of 128 beds. The immigration wing, which began accepting ICE detainees in April of 2007, is staffed entirely by employees of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office. It is believed that Bristol County was contacted by ICE after a company raid stretched ICE’s detention capacity in Massachusetts.
Bristol County Sheriff Hodgson stated in an interview several benefits of housing ICE detainees, including revenue to fund the entire jail complex, and keeping immigrants close to their families instead of shipping them to Texas.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Bristol County Jail, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:
- Plymouth County Jail
- Suffolk County Jail (South Bay)