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The Pinal County Jail serves as an immigration detention facility in Florence, Arizona. The facility — a local jail owned by Pinal County — contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement via an intergovernmental services agreement. By agreement, the jail houses immigration detainees pending removal hearings and deportation. The facility is also referred to as the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. The Pinal County Jail is located just 1 mile from the Florence Service Processing Center. About half of the inmates at Pinal County Jail are ICE detainees.
Contacting the Facility
Pinal County Jail
971 N. Jason Lopez Circle, Building B
Florence, Arizona 85132
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main line ((520)866-5000 and leave a message for the person to return your call. The facility will not connect you directly to a detainee. In your message, include the person’s full name and alien number, the number at which you would like to be reached, and a convenient date and time for the call-back. Immigration detainees are not allowed free phone calls to family members, so you will need to deposit money in his or her account.
To deposit money in the person’s account, call (888)277-2535 or click here to pay online. You will be required to enter a PLC#, which is “5500.” You will then be required to give an inmate number. To find out this number, call the Pinal County Jail at (520)866-5000 and ask for an inmate’s “PC number.” Or visit the www.pinalcountyaz.gov, and look up the person by entering his or her name.
To visit the a person, bring a valid government ID to the facility on any day of the week between 7:30am and 7:30pm. Note: visitation is closed at meal times, from 11am-12pm and 5-6pm.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate name and alien number
P.O. Box 2610
Florence, Arizona 85132
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
ICE deportation officers manage immigration detainees’ cases. The ICE office is located in a separate building, at 3250 N. Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85132. To reach the deportation officer assigned to a person’s case, call (520)868-5862. The supervising ICE officer in charge of inmates at the Pinal County Jail is Earl Scalet. Officer Scalet is supervised by the Field Office Director, Katrina Kane. Officer Kane works at the Phoenix Field Office, located at 2035 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.
Immigration detainees at the Pinal County Jail may be eligible for release on bond. To find out, call the ICE office at (520)868-5862 and ask to speak to the ICE officer assigned to the case.
Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the county. For quickest release, you should post bond where a person’s case file is located. For Pinal County Jail inmates, the best place to post bond is the Florence Service Processing Center (Florence SPC):
3250 N. Pinal Parkway
Florence, Arizona 85132
Inmates released from the Pinal County Jail have the option of being dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Phoenix, Arizona. The bus station is located at:
2115 E. Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Family members can purchase “open tickets” online at the Greyhound website.
The Removal Process
ICE detainees at Pinal County Jail are almost always placed in removal, or deportation, proceedings. Unless the person has been deported before, he or she will usually have the opportunity to see an immigration judge. The immigration judge will take pleadings and hear arguments and evidence for why the person should not be deported.
Immigration detainees at the Pinal County Jail are transported to the Florence Immigration Court when it comes time for their hearings. The Florence Immigration Court is located just .9 miles from the jail, at 3260 N. Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85132. The Florence Immigration Court handles cases only for immigration detainees held in Florence, Arizona. There are 3 immigration judges in Florence:
- Judge Silvia R. Arrellano
- Judge Bruce A. Taylor
- Judge Scott M. Jefferies
When a person is released from detention, his or her case us transferred automatically to the Phoenix Immigration Court.
From the time that someone is book into Pinal County Jail, it can take up to 3 weeks to see an immigration judge. From the first appearance in immigration court, it takes a Florence detainee an average of 46 days to finish his case.
The Pinal County Jail was built in 1995, and last remodeled in 2006. As of November of 2011, the Pinal County Jail held approximately 650 immigration, or ICE, detainees, while the total facility held 1275 inmates. According to a 2008 ICE audit, there is a 2:1 ratio between male and females ICE detainees at Pinal County Jail. In 2008, two inmates at the facility committed suicide. One of them — Rogelio Canales-Baca — was an ICE detainee. It is reported that when he was transferred from the Florence Service Processing Center on June 23, 2008, he told officers he was feeling nervous. The next day he was placed on suicide watch, but on June 26th a contract psychiatrist discontinued the watch and prescribed Prozac. Four days later, Canales was returned to the general population. On July 2, 2008, Canales placed a medical request, stating that if he was deported he would be killed. On July 8, Canales was found hanging in his cell.
Just recently, on October 15, 2011, ACLU Policy Director Anjali Abraham urged ICE to terminate its contract with Pinal County Jail, citing inhumane conditions at the facility.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Pinal County Jail, try contacting the following detention centers: