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Glades County Detention Center

The Glades County Detention Center, located in Moore Haven, Florida, doubles as an immigration detention facility.  The detention center hold immigration inmates pursuant to an intergovernmental services agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The Glades County Detention Center houses approximately 2,300 ICE detainees per year.  On average, the daily population of federal inmates there is 450.  Of these, anywhere from 300-400 are held by ICE.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Glades County Detention Center
1297 East SR 78
Moore Haven, Florida 33471



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate must call you from the facility.  The jail staff will not connect you directly to an inmate.  The best practice is to leave a message at the facility for the inmate to call you at a specific date and time, and then to make sure his or her phone account has enough money for the call.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, use, or click here to go directly to the page for Glades County.  To add money to the person’s commissary account — so he or she can make general purchases inside the jail — use or call (888)277-2535 to speak to a customer representative.

To visit the person, the timings will depend on the inmate’s Housing Unit number.  The visitation hours are Monday through Sunday, 8am to 10am, 12pm-4pm, and 6pm-8pm.  To find out the appropriate time slot, ask the inmate or the jail staff.

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Glades County Detention Center
P.O. Box 39
Moore Haven 33471

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Glades County Detention Center

Glades County Detention Center

There are approximately 16 ICE deportation officers who work inside the Glades County Detention Center.  They can be reached at (863)946-0062, or by calling the facility’s main desk and asking for a deportation officer.  To be connected to the right officer, have available the last three digits of the detainee’s alien number.  The supervising ICE officer at Glades County is Assistant Field Office Director Anthony Aiello.  He reports to Field Office Director Marc J Moore at the Miami Field Office, which is located at 865 SW 78th Avenue, Suite 101, Plantation, Florida 33324.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some immigration inmates may be eligible for an immigration bond, depending on their criminal background, their ties to America, and their chances of obtaining relief from deportation.  To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, and at what amount, call (863)946-0062 and ask to speak to the ICE deportation officer assigned to the person’s case.  Note: even if ICE is unwilling to release a person on bond, he or she may be eligible for one.  He or she may wish to proceed by consulting with an immigration attorney and requesting a bond hearing before an immigration judge.

To post bond, visit any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  Because posting bond near the facility results in faster processing, you may consider posting bond at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami:

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

Bond must be posted by a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.

The Removal Process

Immigrants detained at the Glades County Detention Center are typically placed in removal proceedings by ICE.  In removal proceedings, ICE makes allegations against the immigrants to demonstrate that the person should be deported.  The immigrant has the chance to respond to these allegations and to present evidence for why he or she should receive relief from deportation.

Immigration Court

Glades Count inmates appear via televideo at the __________ Immigration Court.  While the judge sits in _________, the inmates remain at the Glades County Detention Center and speak to the judge using videoconferencing.

When immigration detainees are released from the Glades County Detention Center, their cases are automatically transferred to ____________.  The detainee must continue attending his hearings there, or else he will be ordered removed from the United States.


Inmates at Glades County sometimes wait up to 3 weeks to see an immigration judge, depending on how quickly ICE files the necessary documents with the immigration court. In 2011, cases at Glades County took an average of 77 days to be completed.

Facility Background

The Glades County Detention Center is owned by the county and run by the Glades County Sheriff’s Office.  ICE inmates at Glades County are segregated from the general population, which includes both pre-trial criminal inmates and sentenced criminals.  According to the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC), a 23 year old Haitian immigrant died in 2008 while detained by ICE at the Glades County Detention Center.  According to the immigrant’s family members, they were not notified of his death until several days later.  In the meantime, ICE officials ordered an autopsy.  A week letter, ICE officials sent the family a letter stating that he had suffered a seizure.

Nearby Facilities

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

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