Immigration Detention Justice Center

Eloy Detention Center

The Eloy Detention Center is an immigration detention facility in Eloy, Arizona, which houses almost exclusively ICE detainees.  The facility, which has bed space for 1,596 inmates, holds approximately 1,350 male detainees and 100 female detainees.  Eloy is run by Corrections Corporation of America, and is under close watch by human rights groups due to the high number of inmate fatalities.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

Eloy Detention Center
1705 E. Hanna Road
Eloy, Arizona 85131

Phone:

(520)466-4141

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main line at (520)466-4141 and ask to leave a message for an immigration detainee to call you back. In the message, make sure to include the person’s full name and alien number.  The facility will not connect you directly to a detainee.  Inmates are not allowed free phone calls.  Thus, for a detainee to call you, you must deposit money in his account so that he can purchase a phone card.

To deposit money in the person’s account, send a money using Western Union.  Make the order payable to “Corrections Corp of America,” the code city is “TrustCCA,” and the state code is “TN.”  For the account number, use the inmate’s commissary number.  To determine the person’s commissary number, you can either ask the inmate himself, or have an attorney fax a request for it to 520-046-7750 on his or her official letterhead.

To visit the a person at the Eloy Detention Center, the inmate must first add your name to his or her official visitation list.  Background checks can last between 1 and 3 weeks.  Once a visitor has cleared the background check, he or she can visit the facility on Saturday or Sunday between 8am and 3:30pm.

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
1705 E. Hanna Road
Eloy, Arizona 85131

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

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The ICE deportation office can be contacted at 520-464-3000.  Normally one deportation officer is assigned to each case.  The supervising officer at the facility is Assistant Field Office Director Earl Scalett.  He reports to Field Office Director Katrina S. Kane.  Officer Kane works out of the Phoenix Field Office, located at 2035 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.  The Phoenix Field Office can be reached at (602)766-7015.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Sometimes immigration detainees may be eligible for release on an immigration bond.  Usually, this is the case for detainees with non-serious criminal histories and lengthy periods of residence in the United States.  To find out if a person is eligible for an immigration bond, one can contact the Eloy ICE office at 520-464-3000.  When ICE is unwilling to release a person on an immigration bond, the person or his legal representative can nonetheless seek a bond hearing before an immigration judge.

To post bond, go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  However, persons are released in the shortest amount of time if bond is posted where the case file is located.  So, for an immigration detainee at the Eloy Detention Center, it is advised that bond be posted at the facility itself.

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

Post-Release

Detainees released from the Eloy Detention Center have the option of being dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Arizona, located at:

471 W. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520)792-3475

The Removal Process

The Eloy Detention Center houses immigrants who are either awaiting deportation or are currently in removal proceedings.  In removal proceedings, immigrants have the opportunity to present a defense to removal, by either denying allegations made by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or by presenting evidence in favor of granting him or her relief from deportation.

Immigration Court

Detainees at Eloy attend hearings at the Eloy Immigration Court, which is located inside the detention facility itself.  The Eloy Immigration Court has 5 judges:

  • Judge James DeVitto
  • Judge Irene Feldman
  • Judge Steven P. Logan
  • Judge Richard Phelps
  • Judge Linda Spencer-Walters

Timeframe

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, immigration cases at the Eloy Detention Center took an average of 57 days for completion.

Facility Background

History and Intake

The Eloy Detention Center is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, which contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees.  In August of 2009, the Obama administration disclosed that the deaths of two inmates at the Eloy Detention Center were not properly disclosed in a list that was earlier submitted to Congress.  Eloy holds a record of nine immigrant detainee deaths, more than any other facility contracting with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement.  According to the Arizona Republic, ICE refused to disclose records pertaining to fatalities at the Eloy detention facility.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty finding someone at the Eloy Detention Facility, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:

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