Immigration Detention Justice Center

North Georgia Detention Center

The North Georgia Detention Center is an immigration detention center located in Gainsville, Georgia, the seat of Hall County.  The detention facility is owned by Hall County and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America.  In March of 2009, CCA reached an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold up to 500 immigration detainees at the facility.  The facility is sometimes referred to as the Gainesville, Georgia Detention Center.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

North Georgia Detention Center
622 Main Street, SW
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

Phone:

(770)533-7500

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (770)533-7500 and ask to leave a message for a detainee to return your call.  In the message, include the detainee’s full name and alien number.  Also include a date and time at which the person should return your call.  Note: The facility does not allow detainees to make free phone calls to family and friends.  Thus, make sure to add money to the person’s phone account.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, you can do so online by visiting www.telmate.com and the selecting the page for the North Georgia Detention Facility.  Or you can go to the facility’s main lobby and use the kiosks there to deposit money with a credit card.

To visit the person, go to North Georgia Detention Center on a Saturday or Sunday.  (You are not allowed to visit on both days, according to staff.)  Visitation hours are between 8-11:30am and 12:30-2:30pm.  Note: visitation is closed from 11:30am-12:30pm.

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

Inmate Name, Alien Number, Booking Number
North Georgia Detention Center
622 Main Street, SW
Gainesville, Georgia 30501

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

North Georgia Detention Center

Inside the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville, Georgia. The facility used to serve as the Hall County Jail.

The ICE deportation officers are in and out of the facility throughout the day.  The best way to reach one is by calling ICE’s Gainesville Sub-Office at (770)533-5660.  Before calling, have available the person’s alien number, so you can be routed to the deportation officer assigned to the case.  The head ICE officer in charge of detention at North Georgia is Assistant Field Office Director Charles Hicks.  The head ICE officer in charge of detention in the entire region is Atlanta ERO Field Office Director Felicia S. Skinner.  To contact her, call the Atlanta Field Office at (404)893-1210.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Many detainees at North Georgia can obtain release on an immigration bond, but it depends on the specific facts of their case.  To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, call the ICE office in Gainesville at (770)533-5660.  Note: Sometimes a person is eligible for release on bond, even if ICE disagrees.  A person denied bond by ICE should consult with an immigration attorney to find out if he or she should request release on bond from an immigration judge.

To post bond, go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  Detainees at North Georgia are released in the shortest amount of time when bond is posted at the Atlanta ERO Field Office:

Atlanta ERO Field Office
180 Spring Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

To post bond, bring the money in the form of a cashier’s check or money order.

The Removal Process

ICE detainees at North Georgia are normally placed in removal proceedings.  This is where ICE seeks to prove to an immigration judge that the person should be deported.  Typically, the detainee has the opportunity to rebut allegations made by ICE, and to offer evidence for why he or she deserves relief from removal.  The proceedings can last months to years, depending on the complexity of the case, and on whether the person remains in detention throughout the proceedings.

Immigration Court

North Georgia inmates appear at the Atlanta Immigration Court via televideo.  Thus, the detainees communicate through a camera and video monitor with the judge and attorneys, who sit at the immigration court in Atlanta.  There are currently 4 judges who are randomly assigned to cases at the Atlanta Immigration Court:

  • Judge Earle Wilson
  • Judge Dan J. Pelletier
  • Judge Wayne K. Houser, Jr.
  • Judge William A. Cassidy

Timeframe

Inmates at North Georgia sometimes wait up to 3 weeks to see an immigration judge.  Once they see an immigration judge, it can take from 1-3 months, on average, to resolve the case.  If the person is released from the North Georgia Detention Center, his case will be automatically transferred to the non-detained docket at the Atlanta Immigration Court.  Once it is on the non-detained docket, the case will usually take well over a year.

Facility Background

The North Georgia Detention Center is located in the former Hall County Jail.  In late 2009, the facility began housing immigration detainees pursuant to an agreement with ICE.  The facility has approximately 160 employees and the capacity for 502 inmates.  The facility is supervised by the Warden Stacey Stone and Assistant Warden Charlie Peterson.  The first ICE detainees were transferred from North Carolina, while others came from the Hall County Jail that is currently in use.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating someone at the North Georgia Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following facilities:

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