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The Sacramento County Jail, located in Sacramento, California is a county-owned and -operated jail which contracts with ICE to hold immigration detainees. The facility holds roughly 2,400 inmates. Of these, approximately 75 are immigration detainees, and 400 are held by the United States Marshals Service.
Contacting the Facility
Sacramento County Jail
651 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, the detainee will have to call you. The staff at Sacramento County Jail will not pass on a message for the detainee to return your call. Because Sacramento immigration detainees are not allowed free phone calls to family and friends, money must be added to their phone account.
To deposit money in the person’s account, visit Inmate Calling Solutions or call (888)506-8407.
To visit the a person a detainee at the Sacramento County Jail, go between the hours of 7:45am and 1:45pm, or between 4:45 and 9:45pm. Avoid visiting during mealtimes, between 2:45pm and 4:45pm. A maximum of three individuals are allowed per visit.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate Name, Alien Number, and Booking Number
Sacramento City Jail
651 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The Sacramento ICE office is located separately from the jail. You can reach an ICE deportation officer by calling (916) 930-3839. Have ready the last three digits of the detainee’s alien number, so that you can be routed to the officer assigned to his case. The Assistant Field Office Director presiding over the Sacramento County Jail is Michael Vaughn. Officer Vaughn reports directly to the Field Office Director Timothy S. Aitken, who works out of the San Francisco ERO Field Office. The Field Office can be reached at (415)844-5512.
Many ICE inmates at Sacramento County Jail can obtain release on an immigration bond. Typically, these inmates are ones who lack serious criminal convictions and who have lived in the United States for many years. To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, call the ICE deportation office in Sacramento, which can be reached at (916)930-3839. To find out if there is a possibility that an immigration judge may authorize a person’s release on bond, contact an immigration attorney.
Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the nation. But to obtain release in the shortest amount of time, one should post bond at the San Francisco Field Office:
630 Sansome Street, Suite 590
San Francisco, California 94111
Once bond is posted, an immigration detainee at Sacramento County Jail will be released within 1 to 3 business days.
The Removal Process
ICE detainees at Sacramento County Jail are normally charged with removability from the United States. Accordingly, ICE will make a case to an immigration judge for why the person should be deported. The immigrant detainee usually has a chance to defend against these charges. (Persons who have been deported once before may face automatic deportation the second time around.)
Immigration detainees at Sacramento appear in the San Francisco Immigration Court via televideo. Thus, the detainees remain at the Sacramento County Jail, but communicate with an immigration judge in San Francisco using video-conferencing. Inmates cases are heard at the Appraisers Building, located at 630 Sansome Street, 4th Floor, Room 475, San Francisco, California 94111. Currently, there are three immigration judges who hear cases of immigrants detained in Sacramento:
- Judge Michael Yamaguchi
- Judge Lawrence N. DiCostanzo
- Judge Anthony S. Murry
When a person is released from Sacramento County Jail, his case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket of the San Francisco Immigration Court. He will be given a new hearing date, on which he will be required to appear at 120 Montgomery Street, Suite 800 San Francisco, CA 94104.
Immigrant detainees at the Sacramento Detention Center may not see an immigration judge for up to three weeks. The wait depends on how quickly ICE moves to formally charge the person with removability and to file the charging document with an immigration court.
The Sacramento County Jail houses a relatively small number of immigration detainees. In 2007, the facility housed 408 different immigration detainees. Roughly half were deported within the year. The average daily population of ICE inmates hovers around 50. Eighty-percent of immigration detainees are Mexican, while the rest are from the Philippines, El Salvador, Guatemala, and India.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Sacramento County Jail, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:
- San Diego Correctional Facility
- El Centro Service Processing Center
- West County Detention Center
- Adelanto Detention Center
- Mira Loma Detention Center
- Lerdo Detention Center
- Santa Ana City Jail
- Yuba County Jail