Immigration Detention Justice Center

South Louisiana Detention Center

The South Louisiana Detention Center, located in Basile, Louisiana, houses immigrant detainees arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The detention center is operated by a private company called LCS Corrections Services.  The facility has bed space for 996 detainees; only a small fraction of these are immigration detainees.  The facility is sometimes referred to as the South Louisiana Correctional Center or the Basile Detention Center.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

South Louisiana Detention Center
3843 Stagg Avenue
Basile, Louisiana 70515

Phone:

(337)432-5493

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, you will have to notify the detainee to call you.  The South Louisiana Correctional Center staff will not pass on non-emergency messages to detainees.  Because inmate phone calls to family and friends are not free, you will need to add money to the person’s commissary account so the inmate can purchase a phone card.

To deposit money in the person’s commissary account, mail a money order to the South Louisiana Detention Center address.  Make sure to write the money order to the inmate, and to include his or her alien number.  If you would like to deposit money online, visit www.commissarydeposit.com.  Once the money is deposited in the person’s account, he or she can use it to purchase a phone card.

To visit the a person, go to the facility address on Saturday or Sunday between 4pm and 7pm.

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
South Louisiana Detention Center
3843 Stagg Avenue
Basile, Louisiana 70515

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

South Louisiana Detention Center

South Louisiana Detention Center in Basile, Louisiana

The deportation officers assigned to the South Louisiana inmates are located at the Oakdale ICE Office.  To contact an officer there, call (318)335-7500.  To visit the office in person, go to 1010 East Whatley Road, Oakdale, Louisiana, 71463.  If you need to speak to a supervisor, ask for Assistant Field Office Director Scott L. Sutterfield.  The regional supervisor is New Orleans Field Office Director Philip T. Miller.  The New Orleans Field Office can be reached at (504)599-7800.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

ICE detainees at the South Louisiana Detention Facility may be eligible for release on bond.  This will depend on the person’s criminal history, length of residence in the United States, history of immigration violations, and chances of obtaining relief from removal.  To determine if ICE is willing to release the person on bond, call the ICE office in Oakland at (318)335-7500, and ask to speak to a deportation officer assigned to the case.  Even when ICE refuses to release a person on bond, the detainee may still be able to get a bond by requesting a bond hearing before an immigration judge.  You should contact an experienced immigration lawyer to learn about your options.

Bond can be paid at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  In general, bonds posted closer to the facility result in faster processing.  As a result, it may make sense to post bond at the Oakdale Sub-Office:

1010 East Whatley Road
Oakdale, Louisiana 71463

The person posting bond must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Post-Release

When a person is released from the South Louisiana Detention Center, ICE does not transport him or her to the nearest bus station or airport.  Accordingly, you must speak to a deportation officer about the person’s travel options, or you can pick the person up directly from the facility.

The Removal Process

Immigrants held at the South Louisiana Detention Center are normally placed in removal proceedings, wherein ICE seeks to deport them from the United States.  Unless the person has been previously deported, he or she has the opportunity to present a defense to an immigration judge.  At the hearings, he or she may hire a legal representative at no expense to the government.

Immigration Court:

South Louisiana immigration detainees have their cases heard at the Oakdale, Louisiana Immigration Court.  While the judges and attorneys sit in Oakdale, the detainees remain at Basile and talk to the judge through a camera and video monitor.  There are three immigration judges assigned to hear cases out of South Louisiana:

  • Judge Jerry Beatman, Sr.
  • Judge John A. Duck, Jr.
  • Judge Agnelis L. Reese

Inmates released from South Louisiana are still responsible for appearing in immigration court.  After the person is released on bond, his case is moved to the New Orleans Immigration Court, located at 365 Canal Street, Suite 2450, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.  The court can be reached at (504)589-3992.

Timeframe

Immigration detainees at South Louisiana sometimes wait 3 weeks to see an immigration judge.  Generally speaking, detained immigration cases take, on average, 1-3 months to be completed.

Facility Background

In 2009, Basile Detention Center immigration detainees began a hunger strike to protest conditions at the facility.  Reportedly, the inmates would hunger strike for 72 hours at a time, and then rotate out with other immigration detainees.  In retaliation, the staff at the South Louisiana Detention Center placed strike leaders in solitary confinement.  The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) interviewed many detainees at the South Louisiana Detention Center.  The organization found that inmates there lacked adequate access to medical care (even those with leukemia, high blood pressure, and asthma), lacked access to telephones and legal resources, were severely isolated, and lacked hygiene products.

The NOWCRJ report about conditions at Basile led the ACLU and other groups to write a letter in June of 2009 to Janet Napolitano (Sec. of DHS), demanding that the facility be shut down.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating someone at the South Louisiana Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:

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