Immigration Detention Justice Center

South Texas Detention Center

The South Texas Detention Center is an immigration detention facility located in Pearsall, Texas.  The facility houses immigrants apprehended near the US-Mexico border, as well as immigrants who have lived in the United States for several years.  Many detainees at the South Texas Detention Center were transferred from the Bexar County Adult Detention Center, located in San Antonio, Texas, and the Port Isabel Detention Center, located in Los Fresnos, Texas.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility

Address:

South Texas Detention Center
566 Veterans Drive
Pearsall, Texas 78061

Phone:

(830) 334-2939

Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, you must call (830) 334-2939, and leave a message at the front desk for the person to call you.  (The facility will not connect your phone call directly.)  In the message, be sure to include the person’s name and alien number.  It is also recommended that you include a date and time when the person should call you back.  Remember: if you miss the person’s phone call, you cannot call him or her back.  You will have to leave another message and wait the person to return your call.

To deposit money in the person’s phone or other account, visit www.telmate.com.

To visit the a person held at the South Texas Detention Facility, go to the address above on Saturday and Sunday between 7am and 6pm.

South Texas Detention Center

Pearsall, Texas

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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
South Texas Detention Center
566 Veterans Drive
Pearsall, Texas 78061

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

To contact ICE deportation officers working at the South Texas Detention Center, call (210)231-4505 and send faxes to (210)231-4639.  The Assistant Field Office Director at the facility is Randall Henderson.  If you would like to contact the regional field office, call the San Antonio Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office at (210)283-4750.  The Field Office Director, Michael Pitts, can be reached through his assistant, Melissa L0pez, at (210)283-4712.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some immigration detainees are eligible for immigration bonds.  To find out eligibility, the detainee or his attorney should contact the ICE deportation officer assigned to the case. The deportation officer works in an office inside the facility, and can be reached at (210)231-4505.  ICE officers sometimes refuse to speak to family members of detainees.  Even if ICE is unwilling to grant an immigration bond — or if the bond set by ICE is too high — a person may seek an lower bond by requesting a bond hearing before the immigration judge.

Immigration bonds can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  However, to get a person released in the shortest amount of time, post the bond at the San Antonio ERO Field Office.

8940 Fourwinds Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78239

To contact the Bond Unit there, call (210)967-7012.

Post-Release

When an inmate is released from the South Texas Detention Center, ICE offers to drop him off at the bus station or airport.

The Greyhound Bus Station is located at:

500 North Mary Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

The San Antonio International Airport is located at:

San Antonio International Airport
9800 Airport Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78216

The Removal Process

Whether a person is detained or released from the South Texas Detention Center, he is likely to remain in removal proceedings.  This means that ICE will seek to remove him from the United States, regardless of whether he is in immigration detention.

Immigration Court

While the person is detained in Pearsall, he will attend removal hearings at the Pearsall Immigration Court.  This court is built inside the South Texas Detention Center.  The Pearsall Immigration Court was opened on August 2, 2010, and currently has 4 judges:

  • Judge Thomas G. Crossan, Jr.
  • Judge Glenn P. McPhaul
  • Judge Bertha A. Zuniga
  • Judge John D. Carté

Many of these judges appear by televideo from the San Antonio Immigration Court.

To send mail to the San Antonio Immigration Court, use the following address:

800 Dolorosa Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207

Timeframe

Currently, it can take between 2-3 weeks for a person to see an immigration judge, from the time that he or she is detained.  From the time the person sees an immigration judge, it takes an average of 36 days for his case to be completed.

Facility Background

Pearsall Texas Detention Center

The South Texas Detention Center is a contract detention facility, owned and operated by the GEO Group.  It was built in May of 2005 and last remodeled in August of 2006.  The facility has bed-space for 1,450 male inmates and 454 female inmates — a total of 1904 detainees.  In 2009, the facility took in a total of 18,940 inmates.  In 2009, of all detainees who left the facility, 88% were deported, 8% bonded out, and 3% received voluntary departure.  According to ICE officer Randall Henderson, roughly 38% of detainees at Pearsall have criminal backgrounds, while 62% are there for purely immigration violations.

Nearby Facilities

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

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