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The Freeborn County Jail, also known as the Freeborn County Adult Detention Center, is an immigration jail in Albert Lea, Minnesota, 90 miles south of Bloomington. The facility can hold a maximum of 122 inmates. Roughly 50 of these are held by ICE.
Contacting the Facility
Freeborn Count Jail
411 S. Broadway Avenue
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you from inside the facility using a calling card. The Freeborn County Jail staff will not connect you directly to an inmate, and the inmate is not allowed free phone calls to family and friends. It is recommended that you either mail a phone card to the detention facility, or send the inmate money so that he or she can purchase a calling card.
To deposit money in the person’s account, go to the Turnkey Corrections website and set up an account. Otherwise you can visit the lobby of the facility and deposit money into the kiosks. Once the money is deposited, the inmate can purchase calling cards from inside the facility.
To visit the a person at the detention facility during the appropriate hours of visitation:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10am-11:30am and 6:30pm-8pm
- Saturdays from 10am-11am and 7pm-8pm
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate Name and Alien Number
Freeborn County Jail
P.O. Drawer 170
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The ICE deportation officers are located in Bloomington, Minnesota. They can be reached at (952)853-2550. If you would like to visit the deportation officer in person, go to the Bloomington Field Office at 2901 Metro Drive, Suite 100, Bloomington, Minnesota 55245 between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The Field Office Director is Scott R. Baniecke. Before calling the deportation office, make sure to have available the detainee’s full name, nationality, and alien number.
Some detainees at Freeborn County are eligible for release on an immigration bond. Eligibility for release on bond will depend on a number of factors, including the person’s chances of obtaining relief from deportation. Sometimes, ICE is willing to set a bond without action by an immigration judge. To find out if this is the case, calling the Field Office in Bloomington at (952)853-2550. Even if ICE denies release on bond, the person may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge. For more details, contact an immigration attorney in the rea.
Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. To get a person detained at Freeborn released in the shortest amount of time, post bond at the ICE Bond Office in Bloomington, Minnesota:
7851 Metro Parkway
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
To post bond for a detainee, you must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.
The Bloomington ICE Office will not arrange for transporting a detainee to a bus station or airport. The family or friend posting bond must make these arrangements.
The Removal Process
Immigrant detainees at Freeborn County Jail are placed in removal proceedings within a short time of entering ICE custody. Unless it is the first time the person is in removal proceedings, he or she will probably see an immigration judge and have an opportunity to present evidence on his or her behalf. Importantly, immigrant detainees are entitled to legal representation before an immigration court.
ICE detainees at Freeborn County Detention Center have their cases heard by the Bloomington Immigration Court. Currently, most detained cases in Minnesota are heard by Judge William J. Nickerson, Jr. When a person is released from Freeborn County Jail on an immigration bond, his or her case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket at Bloomington Immigration Court, and the judge assigned to the case is likely to change. The released immigrant must still attend all court hearings in order to avoid automatic deportation.
It may take 2-3 weeks for a person detained at Freeborn County Jail to see an immigration judge. In 2011, detained cases in Bloomington took an average of 29 days to be completed.
The Freeborn County Jail only began housing ICE detainee in June of 2009. ICE and Freeborn County reached a 5-year agreement in March of 2009, whereby the jail would house a maximum of 80 immigration detainees on any given day. One jail official estimates that Freeborn County receives $2.5 million per year in revenue for housing ICE detainees. Most of these detainees are immigrants arrested in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
In June of 2011, Freeborn County approved plans to build an outdoor recreational space. Such a space is needed in order to house more than 80 ICE detainees, according to federal regulations. The county hopes that building the space will allow it to raise additional revenue by allowing it to host more immigrant detainees.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Freeborn County Jail, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers: