Immigration Detention Justice Center

Mira Loma Detention Center

The Mira Loma Detention Center is a Los Angeles county jail that contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees.  The immigration detention facility is located in Lancaster, California.  Mira Loma Detention Center is owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

Mira Loma Detention Center
45100 N. 60th Street West
Lancaster, California 93536

Phone:

(661)949-3811

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (661)949-3811 and ask to leave a message for an immigration detainee.  The attendant will ask for the inmate’s full name and alien number.  In your message, be sure to leave a date and time for the person to return your call.  Note: the facility will not connect you directly to an inmate.  The most you can do is leave a message and wait for the person to return your call.  Phone calls are not free for inmates, and so you will need to leave money in the person’s account.

To deposit money in the person’s account, you can either visit the facility and deposit money with the cashier, or you can mail a money order to the facility.  The Mira Loma Detention Facility accepts money orders only from the U.S. Post Office, Continental Express, and Travelers Express.  The amount of the money order must be below $200.  Once the money is deposited in the person’s account, he or she can use it to purchase calling credit on their phone accounts.

To visit the a person at the detention facility in Lancaster, go to the facility address on Saturday or Sunday between 8am and 3pm.  Although visitation ends at 3pm, it is recommended that you arrive at the facility before 2pm.

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

Inmate Name, Alien Number, and Booking Number
Mira Loma Detention Center
5100 N. 60th Street West
Lancaster, California 93536

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Mira Loma Detention Center

Mira Loma Detention Facility

The ICE deportation officers are located in a building separate from the Mira Loma Detention Facility.  They can be reached at  661-940-3555.  Usually one ICE officer is assigned to each case.  That officer will have details on the charges of removability and custody status.  Assistant Field Office Director Wesley Lee oversees the immigration office in Lancaster.  Officer Lee in turn reports to the Los Angeles Field Office, which is headed by Field Office Director Timothy S. Robbins.  The Los Angeles Field Office is located at 300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 7621, Los Angeles, California 90012.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Immigration detainees at the Mira Loma Detention Center are sometimes eligible for release on bond.  Either Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the immigration judge may make the decision to release a person on an immigration bond.  To find out if ICE has set bond, call the ICE office in Lancaster at (661)940-3555.

If a person is eligible for bond, and you wish to post it, you may do so 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 Los Angeles ERO Field Office:

300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 7621
Los Angeles, California 90012

To post bond, bring a cashier’s check or money order written to the Department of Homeland Security.  You may only post bond if you a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.

The Removal Process

Mira Loma Detention Center inmates are virtually always placed into removal proceedings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  If the immigrant has never been deported, he or she will have a chance to defend against deportation before an immigration judge.  It is advised that the person seek advice of an experienced immigration attorney before choosing to represent himself in court.

Immigration Court

Detainees at Mira Loma attend an immigration court that is adjacent to the facility.  (The Mira Loma Immigration Court is in a separate building, but shares the same address as the detention facility.)  The Mira Loma Immigration Court has 3 immigration judges:

  • Judge David Burke
  • Judge Scott Laurent
  • Judge Robert O. Vicars

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.  From the first appearance at the Mira Loma Immigration Court, it takes 84 days for a case to be completed.  This is extraordinarily long, considering that the detained cases in Texas are complete twice as quickly.

Facility Background

The Mira Loma Detention Center is an immigration detention facility owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.  The facility consists of 17 barracks, a recreation center, library, classroom, mess hall, and infirmary.  The facility houses approximately 900 detainees, who are primarily adult male immigrants.  The vast majority of inmates are Mexican and Central and South American.  Many of the inmates are taken into ICE custody under ICE’s Criminal Alien Program.  In a single year, the facility may host as many as 8,000 immigration detainees.  In 2006, an audit performed by Latham & Watkins revealed that inmates at Mira Loma were being denied adequate telephone access.  The report stated  that inmates lacked the ability to have private phone conversations.  It also reported that detainees were not made aware that they could make free phone calls to pro bono service providers and consulates.

Nearby Facilities

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

 

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