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The Santa Ana City Jail — located approximately 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles – holds immigration detainees. The jail, owned and operated by the City of Santa Ana, contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold immigrants while they are awaiting deportation or the conclusion of their removal proceedings.
Contacting the Facility
Santa Ana City Jail
62 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, California 92701
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (714)245-8100 and leave a message for the inmate to return your call. Be prepared with the person’s name, alien number, and booking number. Note: the facility will not connect you directly to an inmate. Because inmates are not allowed free phone calls to family and friends, you will need to add money to the inmate’s account.
To deposit money in the person’s account, there are three options. You can deposit money online at www.accesscorrections.com. You will need to have person’s booking number, which is different from his alien number. You can also deposit money by phone at (866)345-1884. Finally, you can set up an account with a third party company called Inmate Calling Solutions.
To visit the a person, go the jail on Monday through Friday between 10am and 7pm, or on Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 7pm.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate Name, Alien Number, and Booking Number
Santa Ana Jail
P.O. Box 22003
Santa Ana, California 92702
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The ICE deportation officers are located at a separate location, called the Santa Ana ICE Sub-Office. The sub-office address is:
ERO Santa Ana Sub-Office
Enforcement and Removal Operations
34 Civic Center, Room 1029
Santa Ana, California 92701
The deportation officers can be reached by calling (714)834-4800 (press 2). The supervisor in the Santa Ana sub-office is Assistant Field Office Director Jonathan Rust, who reports to Field Office Director Timothy S. Robbins. Officer Robbins works at the Los Angeles Field Office, located at 300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 7621, Los Angeles, California 90012.
Immigration detainees at Santa Ana City Jail are sometimes eligible for release on an immigration bond. To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, contact the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case by calling the Santa Ana ICE Sub-Office, at (714)834-4800. Note: Even when ICE is unwilling to release an immigration detainee, he or she may still seek release on bond by requesting a bond hearing in immigration court. For more details contact an immigration attorney.
To post bond from outside of California, you can go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. To obtain release in the shortest amount of time, it is recommended that you post bond at the Los Angeles ERO Field Office:
300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 7621
Los Angeles, California 90012
To post bond, bring a cashier’s check or money order written to the Department of Homeland Security. You may only post bond if you a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident.
The Removal Process
Immigration detainees at the Santa Ana City Jail are normally placed in removal proceedings. That is where Immigration and Customs Enforcement seeks to convince a judge to order the immigrant deported from the United States back to his or her home country. In removal hearings, the immigrant has the opportunity to put forth a defense to deportation, which may involve either challenging ICE’s allegations, or presenting evidence in favor of various forms of relief.
Inmates at Santa Ana City Jail attend the Los Angeles Immigration Court. While the inmates appear there via televideo, the attorneys and witnesses appear physically in Downtown Los Angeles. The immigration court is located at 606 South Olive Street, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, California 90014. As of November of 2011, there are two immigration judges assigned to hear cases from the Santa Ana City Jail:
- Judge Kevin W. Riley
- Judge John F. Walsh
It can take between 2 and 3 weeks for an immigration detainee to see an immigration judge. From his or her first appearance at the Los Angeles Immigration Court, it takes a Santa Ana inmate approximately 56 days to complete his case.
The Santa Ana City Jail is a city-owned jail which contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees. While the facility has room for 482 individuals, it houses fewer than 20 immigration detainees. In 2006, the facility was criticized for its failure to provide adequate access to telephones. Specifically, an internal audit reported that the facility was not passing on telephone messages from attorneys, and that inmates were not allowed private phone calls. Moreover, the report stated there was inadequate access to legal materials; only one computer was provided for 64 inmates.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Santa Ana City Jail, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:
- Contra Costa West County Detention Center
- El Centro Service Processing Center
- Lerdo Detention Center
- Adelanto Detention Center
- Otay Detention Facility
- Sacramento County Jail
- Mira Loma Detention Center
- Yuba County Jail