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The Central Arizona Detention Center is an immigration detention facility located in Florence, Arizona. The facility is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. The facility should not be confused with the Florence Service Processing Center (Florence SPC), which is located next to it. The facility has capacity for roughly 2300 inmates, but only about a quarter of the bed space is allocated for ICE detainees.
Contacting the Facility
Central Arizona Detention Center
1155 North Pinal Parkway
Florence, Arizona 85132
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you. The facility will not connect you directly to a person. Phone cards are available for purchase inside the facility.
To deposit money in the person’s commissary account, you can send a money order to the facility by mail, or transfer money by Western Union. If you send a money order, write it to the detainee and include his full name and alien number.
To visit the a person at the Central Arizona Detention Center, go to the facility on Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday between the hours of 6-6:30am and add your name to the visitation list. The visitation hours run from 7-9am.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
P.O. Box 6300
Florence, Arizona 85132
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The ICE deportation office is located in a separate building, at 3250 N. Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85132. To speak to an ICE deportation officer, call 520-868-5862. The supervising ICE officer is Assistant Field Office Director Phillip Crawford. Officer Crawford’s supervisor is Field Office Director Katrina Kane, who works out of the Phoenix Field Office. She can be reached at (602)766-7030.
Some immigration detainees are eligible for release on bond. Bond eligibility is determined by both Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the immigration judge. (Most often, ICE and the immigration judge will disagree on bond.) To find out ICE has found that a person is eligible for bond, call the ICE deportation office at 520-868-5862. While the officers there are located at a different facility, they still are responsible for cases at the Central Arizona Detention Center.
If you wish to post bond for the person, you can do so at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. However, to get an inmate at the Central Arizona Detention Facility released in the shortest amount of time, bond should be posted at the Florence Service Processing Center (Florence SPC):
3250 N. Pinal Parkway
Florence, Arizona 85132
When an inmate is released from the Central Arizona Detention Center, he or she can be picked up at the facility. However, if the family members are out-of-town, the detainee will be dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, Arizona, located at:
2115 E. Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Family members can purchase “open tickets” online at the Greyhound website.
The Removal Process
Detainees at the Central Arizona immigration detention facility will almost inevitably face charges of removability from the United States. Most of these detainees will have the chance to defend against deportation before an immigration judge. Other detainees — especially those who have been deported before — may not be provided a hearing in immigration court.
Persons detained at the Central Arizona Detention Center have hearings before the Florence Immigration Court, which is located down the street, at 3260 N. Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85132. The Florence Immigration Court handles cases only for detainees persons at the Central Arizona Detention Center, the Florence Correctional Center, the Florence Service Processing Center, and the Pinal County Jail. The judges are:
- Judge Silvia R. Arrellano
- Judge Bruce A. Taylor
- Judge Scott M. Jefferies
When a person is released on bond, his case is transferred to the Phoenix Immigration Court unless the person or his attorney requests a change of venue to another state.
Currently, it can take between 2-3 weeks for a person to see an immigration judge, from the time that he or she is detained. In fiscal year 2011, it took an average of 46 days for cases to reach completion.
The Central Arizona Detention Center houses roughly 600 immigration detainees. Many of the inmates are held for the United States Marshals Service. On average, 83% of inmates at the facility are deported from the United States. Approximately 12% bond out of detention. The facility came under fire in January of 2009 after a study on female detainees in Arizona was published by the Southwest Institute of Research on Women. The study described instances of detainee mistreatment and inadequate access to health care. A week later, the New York Times published an article covering the study. Field Office Director Katrina S. Kane responded to criticisms, stating that the study was based on unsupported accounts from just a few detainees.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Central Arizona Detention Center, try contacting the following detention centers: