Immigration Detention Justice Center

Broward Transitional Center

The Broward Transitional Center (BTC) is an immigration detention center in Pompano Beach, Florida –  located 10 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and 35 miles from Miami, Florida.  The inmates at Broward are almost exclusively immigration detainees.  The vast majority of them have no criminal record.  Accordingly, the facility is set up as a low-security housing center, as opposed to a typical county jail.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

Broward Transitional Center
3900 N. Powerline Road
Pompano Beach, Florida 33073

Phone:

(954)973-4485

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (954)973-4485 and ask to leave a message for a detainee. (Note: the facility staff will not connect you directly to an inmate.)  In your message, include the person’s full name and alien number.  Ask that the person return your call at a specific date and time.  By including this information, you can ensure your availability.  Because inmates are not allowed free phone calls to friends and family members, you will need to add money to the person’s collect account.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, call (866)348-6231 or deposit money online using the Talton Communications website. (Click here and then click on “Detainee Phone Calls.” On the next page, enter the person’s alien number and the first three letters of his or her last name.)  To add money to the inmate’s general purpose account, call (866)345-1884, or visit www.accesscorrections.com.

To visit the a person, call the facility ahead of time and ask for visitation hours.  Hours are based on the first letter of the inmate’s last name.

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Broward Transitional Center
3900 N. Powerline Road
Pompano Beach, Florida 33073

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Broward Transitional Center

Broward Transitional Center

To contact the ICE office at the Broward Transitional Center, call (954)545-6060 and press ’1′ to be connected to a deportation officer.  Because officers are assigned to cases based on the last 3 digits of the inmate’s alien number, have the number available before calling.  To speak to the supervisor of the Broward ICE office, ask to speak to Assistant Field Office Director David A. Bradley.  Officer Bradley reports to the Miami Field Office Director Marc J. Moore, whose address is 865 SW 78th Avenue, Suite 101, Plantation, Florida 33324.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some detainees at Broward Transitional Center will be eligible for release on an immigration bond, depending on their criminal history, ties to the United States, and chances of getting relief from deportation.  To find out if ICE has a set a bond, speak to the deportation officer assigned to the case.  He or she can be reached by calling the BTC ICE office at (954)545-6060.  Even if ICE has not set a bond, the detainee or his legal representative may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge.

To post bond, visit any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  For the fastest processing, however, it is best to post bond at an ERO office in Miami:

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

Only US citizens or lawful permanent residents are allowed to post bond.

The Removal Process

Inmates at Broward Transitional Center are normally placed in removal proceedings, wherein ICE alleges and tries to prove that person is removable from the United States.  The detainee may hire an immigration lawyer to represent him in immigration court, but the government will not provide one for free.

Immigration Court

BTC inmates are heard by the Broward Immigration Court (Broward Transitional Center Immigration Court).  The Broward court is located inside of the Broward Transitional Center.  Currently, there is only one immigration judge stationed there: Judge Rex J. Ford.

When an inmate is released from Broward Transitional Center, the immigration court will transfer the case to the venue closest to where the person is residing.  This happens automatically — without a motion to change venue — according to court personnel.

Timeframe

It can take up to 3 weeks for a detainee to see an immigration judge.  The wait time depends on how quickly ICE acts to file the necessary paperwork with the Br0ward Immigration Court.  In 2011, it took an average of 181 days for a case at Broward to be completed.

Facility Background

The Broward Transitional Center used to serve as a work-release center for Florida state prisoners.  Now the facility holds exclusively immigrants arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The center is managed by a private contractor called the GEO Group, which owns and operates several other detention facilities across the United States.

Roughly 2/3 of the detainee population is male, and 1/3 is female.  Around 2006, an audit by law firm Holland & Knight stated that the nationality of the majority of detainees changed between Chinese and Haitian.  The facility has been criticized for not passing on non-emergency messages to inmates, for not allowing private phone calls, and for delays in medical care.

Nearby Facilities

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

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