Immigration Detention Justice Center

Plymouth County Correctional Facility

The Plymouth County Correctional Facility is a county jail which houses immigration detainees pursuant to an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The jail is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts, roughly 47 miles from Boston.  While the Plymouth County Jail holds approximately 1,580 inmates, only 10% of them are detained by ICE.  Uniquely, the majority of ICE detainees at Plymouth are Brazilian and Dominican.  The facility is sometimes referred to as the Plymouth County Jail.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

Plymouth County Correctional Facility
26 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360

Phone:

(508)830-6200

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you directly.  The Plymouth County Jail staff does not pass messages to inmates unless it is an emergency.  To place calls to families and friends, inmates must have a calling card or have money on a collect account.

To deposit money in the person’s account, visit the Global Tel Link website and create a phone account.  Or you can call (800)483-8314 to set up an account over the phone.  Finally, you can deposit money in the inmate’s general account by using an electronic kiosk located in the front lobby of the Plymouth County Correctional Center.  The kiosk accepts cash and credit cards (Visa or Mastercard only).

To visit a person at the detention facility, go during the appropriate hours:

  • for persons with last names A-L, go on Tuesday: 9am-11am, 1pm-4pm, 6pm-10pm;  Saturday: 9am-11am, 1pm-4pm
  • for persons with last names M-Z, go on Thursday: 9am-11am, 1pm-4pm;  Sunday: 9am-11am, 1pm-4pm, 6pm-10pm

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Plymouth County Correctional Facility
26 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Plymouth County Correctional Facility

Plymouth County Correctional Facility

The ICE deportation officers are located at the Massachusetts ERO Field Office, in Burlington, Massachusetts.  To contact an officer there, call (781)359-7500.  To visit the office in person, go to 10 New England Executive Park, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803.  To be routed to the officer assigned to a person’s case, have available the person’s alien number and nationality.

The supervising ICE officer in charge of Plymouth detainees is Assistant Field Office Director Tina Guarna-Armstrong.  The Field Office Director for the Boston Field Office is Bruce E. Chadbourne.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Plymouth ICE detainees are sometimes eligible for an immigration bond.  (Approximately 13% will bond out in a given year.)  To determine if if ICE has set a bond for a person’s release, contact the Boston Field Office at (781)359-7500.  Ask to speak to the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case.  Sometimes, ICE officers will not speak to family and friends of detainees, especially when an attorney is on record as representing the detainee.  In that case, the attorney should contact the officer directly.  Even when ICE denies release on bond, the detainee should consult an immigration attorney to discuss other available options.

Family and friends of Plymouth ICE detainees can post bond for the person at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  Usually, however, persons are released in the shortest time when bond is posted at the Boston ERO Field Office:

10 New England Executive Park
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

To contact the bond unit in Burlington, call (781)359-7500 and press ’5′.

Post-Release

The Boston Field Office does not currently provide transportation to ICE detainees released from Plymouth County.  Accordingly, the detainee’s family and friends should make arrangements to pick up the person after bond is posted.

The Removal Process

Immigration detainees at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility are placed in removal proceedings shortly after arrest.  Most of the time, they see an immigration judge, who decides whether the detainees will be removed from the United States.  The detainee can be represented at these proceedings by an attorney of his choice.  In removal proceedings, the detainee has the chance to respond to ICE’s charges of removability, and to apply for relief from removal.

Immigration Court

Immigrant detainees in Plymouth will appear at the Boston Immigration Court via televideo.  Thus, while the judges and attorneys appear physically in Boston, the detainees remain at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.  The Boston Immigration Court is located at in the JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Room 320, Boston, Massachusetts 02203.  Judge Steven F. Day handles all cases out of Plymouth, as he is currently the only judge in Boston handling the detained docket.

Timeframe

It can take up to 3 weeks for a Plymouth County ICE detainee to see an immigration judge.

Facility Background

The Plymouth County Correctional Facility, which opened in 1994, houses roughly 1,600 males in 23 different units.

In September of 2011, President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, spent two weeks in Plymouth County Jail after being arrested for drunken driving.  During that time, ICE placed a detainer on him because Obama violated an order of removal to Kenya, issued in 1992.  On November 17, 2011, Obama’s lawyer argued a motion to suppress evidence in the drunk driving case.

Nearby Facilities

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

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