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Monroe County Jail

The Monroe County Jail, located in Monroe, Michigan, serves as an immigration detention facility.  The facility has capacity for 160 inmates, and houses roughly 90 ICE detainees on an average daily basis.  In an average year, the facility houses around 1,200 unique immigration detainees, the vast majority of which are from Mexico and the Middle East.  Detainees at Monroe are held temporarily at the processing center on East Second Street, and soon after they are transferred to the dormitory building on 7000 East Dunbar Road.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Monroe County Jail (processing)
100 East Second Street
Monroe, Michigan 48161

Monroe County Jail (dormitory)
7000 East Dunbar Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161


(734) 240-8001

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate must call you from inside the facility.  The Monroe County Jail does not connect family and friends to detainees by telephone.  Also, inmates at Monroe are not provided free phone calls, except to attorneys.  Accordingly, the inmate’s phone account must be charged ahead of time.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, call Global Tel Link at 866-230-7761 or create a phone account online.  Once the money is deposited, the inmate will be able to make collect calls from inside the facility.  To send money for an inmate’s general use, you can use Western Union.  Make the money order payable to “SSC” and write “Cobracash/FL” as the code city/state.  The account number is “D92+the inmate’s jail ID number+the inmate’s last name”.  Or you can deposit money online at

To visit the person, go to the facility on Saturday or Sunday from 9-11am, 1pm-4pm, and 6pm-9pm.

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Monroe County Jail (dormitory)
7000 East Dunbar Road
Monroe, Michigan 48161

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Monroe County Jail

Monroe County Jail holds approximately 90 immigration detainees on an average daily basis.

The deportation office is located in Detroit, Michigan.  To reach a deportation officer there, call (313)568-6049, and press ‘7’.  The Detroit ERO Field Office is located at 333 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207.  To be routed to the correct officer, have available the detainee’s country of nationality and alien number.

The Assistant Field Office Director James Jacobs oversees detainee operations and the Monroe County Jail.  Field Office Director Rebecca Adducci oversees regional operations in the state of Michigan.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Many Monroe County Jail immigration detainees are able to bond out of ICE detention.  Roughly 10% bond out each year.  Bond eligibility depends on a number of facts about the individual detainee.  To find out if ICE has set a bond in a person’s case, call the Detroit Field Office at (313)568-6049.  Often ICE officers will not speak to a family member if an attorney is on record.  Even if ICE refuses to set a bond, the detainee has options for getting released.  He should consult an immigration attorney to find out more.

Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. However, to get a Monroe detainee released in the shortest time, visit the bond office in Detroit, Michigan:

260 Mt. Elliott Street
Detroit, Michigan 48207

Only a U.S. citizen of lawful permanent resident may post bond for an immigrant detainee.


Monroe County ICE detainees who are released on an immigration bond are not transported to a bus station or airport.  It is recommended that you arrange for the person’s pick up directly from the facility.

The Removal Process

Immigration detainees at Monroe County Jail are typically charged with removability from the United States.  Detainees there are usually entitled to have their cases heard by an immigration judge.  (This is not typically the case when the person has been deported once before.)  In immigration court, the detainee has an opportunity to rebut ICE’s allegations and to present evidence in favor of granting relief from deportation.

Immigration Court

Monroe detainees appear before the Detroit Immigration Court.  While the Monroe detainees remain in Monroe, the judge and attorneys appear in Detroit and communicate through a camera and television monitor. The immigration judges in Detroit are:

  • Judge Elizabeth A. Hacker
  • Judge Marsha K. Nettles
  • Judge Robert D. Newbury
  • Judge David H. Paruch

When a person is released from the Monroe County Jail, his or her case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket at the Detroit Immigration Court.  There, a different judge will hear the person’s case.  It is important for the person to attend all his removal hearings, even after he or she is released from detention.


Detainees must wait 2-3 weeks to see an immigration judge.  Detained cases in Michigan take an average of 24 days to be completed.

Facility Background

The Monroe County Jail opened in 1999, and sits on a 155-acre lot.  In 2006, the Monroe facility was audited by Enforcement and Removal Operations and was found compliant with ICE detention standards.  That same year, however, a DHS officer at Monroe County Jail was convicted of stealing over $300,000 worth of detainees’ personal property and funds.  The Office of the Inspector General conducted an investigation into the matter.

Nearby Facilities

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

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