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Hudson County Jail

The Hudson County Jail, located in Kearny, New Jersey, houses immigrants detained by ICE.  Most of Hudson’s immigrant detainees arrive in New Jersey after being arrested in New York and processed at ICE’s Varick Street Facility.  The Hudson County Jail holds about 350 immigrant detainees while they are waiting for the conclusion of their removal proceedings, or are waiting to be released on an immigration bond.  The Hudson County Jail is sometimes referred to as the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Hudson County Jail
30-35 Hackensack Avenue
Kearny, New Jersey 07032



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the detainee will have to call you.  Unfortunately, the Hudson County Jail staff refuses to pass messages to detainees.  The jail also does not provide detainees with free phone calls to relatives.  Thus, to speak with a detainee by phone, you will need to send the person the money needed to purchase a phone card.

To deposit money in the person’s commissary account, send a postal money order to the facility address, in the detainee’s name.  Note: Other forms of payment will not be accepted.  Once the money is deposited in the person’s commissary account, he or she will be able to purchase a phone card from inside the facility.

To visit the a person at the detention facility in Haskell, go to 30-35 Hackensack Avenue, Kearny, New Jersey 07032 during the following hours:

  • Monday, 8am-10am and 3pm-7pm
  • Tuesday, 3pm-7pm
  • Wednesday, 8am-10am and 3pm-7pm
  • Thursday, 10:30am-12pm and 3pm-7pm
  • Saturday, 3pm-7pm

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Hudson County Jail
30-35 Hackensack Avenue
Kearny, New Jersey 07032

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Hudson County Jail

Outside the Hudson County Jail in Kearney, New Jersey

While the Hudson County Jail is located in New Jersey, the ICE deportation officers assigned to Hudson detainee cases are in New York.  To contact them, call the Varick Street Processing Center at (212)863-3401 and press ‘0’ to speak to the operator. Then ask to be connected to a deportation officer.  To be routed to the correct one, have available the detainee’s alien number and nationality.

The supervising officers of the Varick Street Facility are Assistant Field Office Director William Joyce and Field Office Director Christopher Shanahan.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some detainees at Hudson’s immigration jail may be eligible for release on an immigration bond.  A person’s eligibility will depend on many factors, like criminal history, length of residence in the United States, and the chance of getting relief from  deportation.  To find out if ICE has set a bond in the person’s case, you can contact the deportation officers at the Varick Street Processing Center at (212)863-3401.

Note: Even if ICE does not set a bond in a person’s case, it may still be possible to get the person released.  You should speak to an experienced immigration attorney about ways to get the person out of detention.

Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  In New York, one should post bond at the New York Field Office:

26 Federal Plaza
New York, New York 10278


Once bond is posted, it may take between 1 and 3 business days for the person to be released.  Upon release, ICE will not assist the person in making travel arrangements.

The Removal Process

Immigrants detained at Hudson County Jail are typically placed in removal proceedings by ICE.  Unless the person has been deported before, he or she usually has a chance to defend against removal charges before an immigration judge.  At immigration hearings, the person has the right to be represented by an attorney.

Immigration Court

Immigrants held at the Hudson immigration jail are heard by the Varick Street Immigration Court.  The Varick Court is located at 201 Varick Street, Room 1150, New York, New York 10014.  There are currently three judges at Varick:

  • Judge Steven Abrams
  • Judge Noel A. Ferris
  • Judge Alan L. Page.

When a person is released from Hudson Jail on an immigration bond, his case is sometimes transferred to the New York City Immigration Court, located at 26 Federal Plaza, 12th Floor, New York, New York 10278.  In any case, the person must attend all removal hearings, even after being released from ICE detention.


It can take up to 3 weeks for a person detained by ICE to see an immigration judge.  At the Varick Street Immigration Court, it took an average of 245 for a case to be completed.  When a person remains in detention throughout his removal proceedings, the case completion time is generally shorter.

Facility Background

The Hudson County Jail in Kearny, New Jersey received a large influx of immigrant detainees in 2010, after the closing of the Varick Street Detention Facility in Manhattan.  Since then, ICE detainees from New York City are transferred mostly to Hudson, along with a few other county jails in New Jersey.

According to ICE, the federal government pays Hudson County Jail $111 per detainee per day.

The Hudson County Jail has been criticized on numerous counts — for unconscionably-priced inmate phone calls, highly-restrictive visitation options, and inadequate medical care.  In 2008, an audit performed by law firm Latham & Watkins revealed that several deficiencies reported two earlier had not been resolved, including: lack of phone access to legal representatives; failure to deliver messages from family members and attorneys; inadequate access to library and legal materials.  In April of 2011, a report published by the New Jersey Advocates for Immigrant Detainees stated that Hudson detainees’ grievances were not receiving due attention by jail staff.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Hudson County Jail, try contacting the following detention centers:

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