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Hardin County Jail

The Hardin County Jail is a county jail in Iowa that serves as an immigration detention facility for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The facility is owned by Hardin County and operated by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Hardin County Jail
1116 14th Avenue
Eldora, Iowa 50627



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, you will have to wait until the inmate calls you.  The Hardin County Jail staff will not connect you directly to an immigration detainee.  The jail also does not allow inmates to make free phone calls to family and friends.  Thus, you will have to add money to the person’s phone account or send him money to purchase a phone card.

To deposit money in the person’s  account, you can send cash or a money order to the jail.  The minimum cost to buy a phone card from inside the facility is $15.00

To visit the a person, go to the facility address on the following days and hours:

  • for males, go on Monday through Friday, 1pm-4:30pm, or on Saturday from 2:30pm-5pm.
  • for females, go on Monday through Friday, 8:30am-11:30am, or on Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm.

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Hardin County Jail
1116 14th Avenue
Eldora, Iowa 50627

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

The ICE officers assigned to the Hardin County Jail work at ICE’s Omaha Sub-Office, located at 1717 Avenue H, Omaha, Nebraska 68110.  The officer’s phone number is 402-536-4861.  To speak to the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case, call the Omaha ICE office and provide the last 3 digits of the person’s alien number and the person’s full name.  An alternative way to get information is to call the ERO Field Office in St. Paul Minnesota, which oversees detention facilities in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  To contact the St. Paul Field Office, call (952)853-2550.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

ICE detainees at Hardin County Jail can sometimes be released on immigration bond.  Whether a person is eligible for bond will depend on a number of factors, including the person’s criminal history, length of residence in the United States, and chances of getting relief in immigration court.  To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, call the Omaha ICE office at (402)546-4861, or call the St. Paul Field Office at (952)853-2550.  Note: even when ICE denies release on bond, you may be nonetheless be eligible for one.  Contact an immigration attorney for more details.

Immigration bonds can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  For release in the shortest amount of time, it is advised that you post bond at the ICE office in Omaha:

1717 Avenue H
Omaha, Nebraska 68110

To post bond, bring a cashier’s check or money order to the office between 8am and 3pm.  The person posting bond must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.


Inmates released from Hardin County Jail are typically not transported to the nearest bus station or airport.

The Removal Process

ICE detainees at Hardin County Jail are inevitably placed in removal proceedings, where the government seeks to deport the person from the United States.  If it is the person’s first time in removal proceedings, he or she usually has the opportunity to defend himself before an immigration judge.

Immigration Court

Immigration detainees at Hardin appear at the Omaha Immigration Court in Omaha, Nebraska.  While the judges and attorneys attend court in Omaha, the Hardin detainees remain at the jail and communicate through a camera and video monitor.  There are currently three judges who hear immigration cases out of the Hardin County Jail: Judge Anderson, Judge Morris, and Judge Fujimori.

When inmates are released from Hardin, their cases do not terminate automatically.  Instead, the cases move from the detained docket in Omaha to the non-detained docket.  Former ICE detainees are required to continue attending immigration court in Nebraska until proceedings end.  The Omaha Immigration Court is located at 1717 Avenue H, Suite 100, Omaha, Nebraska 68110, and can be reached at (402)348-0310.


Hardin immigration detainees may have to wait up to 3 weeks to see an immigration judge in Omaha.  Once the detainee sees a judge, their cases last, on average, only 17 days.  This is exceedingly fast for detained immigration cases.

Facility Background

The Hardin County Correctional Center was built in July of 2000, and soon after that entered an Intergovernmental Services Agreement with ICE.  In a given year, the facility houses approximately 650 immigration detainees.  Of these, roughly 80% are deported, and 16% will bond out.  A very small number of ICE detainees will have their cases terminated before they are released from detention.  The vast majority of Hardin ICE detainees are from Mexico.  The rest are from Guatemala, China, El Salvador, Honduras, and a smattering of other countries.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating an ICE detainee at the Hardin County Jail, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:

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