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The Oakdale Detention Center is an immigration detention facility located in Oakdale, Louisiana. The facility — owned by the federal government and operated by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) — holds immigrants who are in removal proceedings or awaiting deportation. Sometimes the facility is called the Oakdale Federal Detention Center or Oakdale FDC.
Contacting the Facility
Oakdale Federal Detention Center
2105 East Whatley Road
Oakdale, Louisiana 71463
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, you will have to leave a message for, or write a letter to, the detainee asking for him or her to call you. The Oakdale facility staff will not connect you directly to an inmate by telephone. The facility also does not provide inmates with free phone calls to family and friends, so you will have to add money to the person’s account.
To deposit money in the person’s account, send a US Postal or Western Union money order to the facility address.
To visit the a person, go to the Oakdale Detention Center between 8:15am and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate Name and Alien Number
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 5010
Oakdale, Louisiana 71463
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The deportation officers are located on-site, in the same area as the Oakdale Federal Detention Center. To contact one, call (318)335-7500. The office’s physical address is 1010 East Whatley Road, Oakdale, Louisiana, 71463. The supervising ICE officers at Oakdale are Assistant Field Office Director Brian K. Gueringer and Deputy Field Office Director Scott L. Sutterfield. The supervisor in charge of the entire region is Field Office Director Philip T. Miller. He works out of the New Orleans Field Office, which can be reached at (504)599-7800.
Some immigration detainees at Oakdale Detention Center are eligible for release on an immigration bond. A detainee’s eligibility will turn on a host of factors, like his criminal history, family ties to the United States, length of residence, and probability of getting relief from deportation. To determine if ICE has set an immigration bond for a person, call the Oakdale ICE Sub-Office at (318)335-7500, and connect with the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case. (To be connected with the right officer, have available the last 3 digits of the person’s alien number.) Note: even when ICE denies a person release on bond, he or she may still get a bond by asking an immigration judge for one. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney to find out more.
To post bond, go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. For the fastest processing, it is best to post bond at the Oakdale Sub-Office:
1010 East Whatley Road
Oakdale, Louisiana 71463
To post bond, bring a cashier’s check or money order written to the Department of Homeland Security.
ICE will not release a person detained at the Oakdale Detention Center unless the person posting bond has made arrangements either to be picked up or transported by taxi to the nearest airport of bus station. ICE will not provide free transportation for persons released on bond.
The Removal Process
ICE detainees at the Oakdale Federal Detention Center a normally placed in removal proceedings shortly after arrival. In removal proceedings, ICE aims to prove that the detainee is not entitled to live in the United States. The detainee has the opportunity to present law and evidence to prove otherwise. The detainee has the right to representation before the immigration court.
Oakdale detainees are heard Oakdale Immigration Court, which is located in the same complex as the detention facility. There are three judges who are randomly assigned to cases at Oakdale:
- Judge Jerry Beatman, Sr.
- Judge John A. Duck, Jr.
- Judge Agnelis L. Reese
When a person is released from the Oakdale Immigration Detention Center, his or her case is transferred automatically to the New Orleans Immigration Court, located at 365 Canal Street, Suite 2450, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. The New Orleans Immigration Court can be reached at (504)589-3992.
Oakdale detainees may wait up to 3 weeks to see an immigration judge. From then, their cases are resolved within 1-3 months. Cases can take much longer depending on the complexity of the case, and whether appeals are taken.
The Oakdale Federal Detention Center is a unit of the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex. The facility holds approximately 630 inmates. The vast majority of the immigration detainees at Oakdale Federal Detention Center are from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The Oakdale Detention Center has been criticized by several nonprofits for providing inadequate medical care to ICE detainees. One ACLU report (“Conditions of Confinement in Immigration Detention Facilities”) mentioned an Oakdale detainee who in May of 2006 was denied medical care for a broken nose. A facility physician examined his nose, which the detainee complained was broken in an altercation, but the physician said there was no problem. After several weeks of complaints, the detainee was taken to a local hospital where another doctor determined that his nose was indeed badly broken. Another Oakdale detainee, an HIV positive Jamaican national, complained he did not receive medications on time, resulting in a slew of deadly infections. The New York Times reported that the detainee suffered from bronchitis, lung disease, as well as a flesh-eating bacterial infection.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Oakdale Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:
- South Louisiana Detention Center (Basile Detention Center)
- Tensas Parish Detention Center
- Lasalle Detention Center
- Laredo Detention Center (i.e., CCA Laredo)
- Port Isabel Detention Center (i.e., Los Fresnos Detention Center)
- Willacy Detention Center (i.e., Willacy Detention)
- Houston Immigration Detention Center (i.e., Houston Processing Center)
- Dallas Immigration Detention Center
- South Texas Detention Center (Pearsall ICE Detention Facility)
- Johnson County Detention Center (i.e., Cleburne Texas Jail)