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Wakulla County Jail

The Wakulla County Jail, located in Crawfordville, Florida, holds immigration detainees pursuant to an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The facility is sometimes referred to as the Wakulla County Detention Facility.  The population of immigrant detainees at Wakulla hovers around 100, all of whom are adult males.  These immigrants are mostly from Cuba, but there are also some from Jamaica, Mexico, the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom.  According to a 2007 audit, the average stay of immigration detainees at Wakulla County Jail is just 30 days.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Wakulla County Jail
15 Oak Street
Crawfordville, Florida 32327



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate must call you.  (The Wakulla County Jail staff will not connect you directly to an inmate.)  However, you are entitled to leave a non-emergency message for the detainee to call you back at a particular date and time.  Because inmates are not allowed free phone calls, you must add money to the person’s phone account.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, go to the Pay-Tel Website and fill out an application for a prepaid phone account.  To add money to the person’s general account, call (866)345-1884 or go to

To visit the person, go to the jail address on any day of the week between 8:30am and 11am or between 1pm and 4:30pm.

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

Inmate Name, Alien Number, Booking Number
Wakulla County Jail
15 Oak Street
Crawfordville, Florida 32327

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Wakulla County Sheriff

Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum, Who Administers the Wakulla County Jail

Although there are several deportation officers at Wakulla Count Jail throughout the day, the best way to reach one is by calling ICE’s Tallahassee Sub-Office, at (850)942-8301 (press ‘2#’.  To get information on a person’s case, have ready the last three digits of the person’s alien number.  (Deportation officers are assigned to cases based on the last three digits of alien numbers.)  The head officer in charge of immigration cases at Wakulla County Jail is Paul Candemeres.  He reports to Field Office Director Marc J. Moore, at the Miami Field Office.  The Miami Field Office can be reached at (954)236-4900.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Some immigration detainees may be eligible for release on immigration bond, depending on a number of factors, like the person’s criminal history, ties to US Citizens, and length of residence.  To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, contact the deportation officer assigned to the case.  The officer works out of the Tallahassee ICE office, which can be reached by calling (850)942-8301 ext. 7104.

If you wish to post bond, you can do so at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  However, Wakulla inmates are released faster when bond is posted close to the facility, where the case file is located.  Because Wakulla is under the jurisdiction of the Miami Field Office, you may try posting bond at the Krome Service Processing Center in Miami:

Krome Service Processing Center
18201 SW 12th Street
Miami, Florida 33194

Bond must be posted by a US citizen or lawful permanent resident.

The Removal Process

Wakulla County immigration detainees are almost always placed in removal proceedings, where they are charged with removability from the United States.  If this is his or her first time in removal proceedings, the immigrant may offer a defense to deportation before an immigration judge.  At the hearings, he may choose to have a legal representative speak on his behalf.

Immigration Court

Wakulla immigration detainees appear before the Miami Immigration Court via televideo.  In other words, the Wakulla detainee remains at the facility, but communicates with an immigration judge through a camera and monitor.  The immigration judge and attorneys usually appear in Miami.  Currently, the immigration judge assigned to immigration cases at Wakulla County Jail is Judge Lourdes Martinez-Esquivel.

When a person is released from immigration jail, his or her case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket at the Miami Immigration Court.  The person must continue attending all hearings in Miami until the case is completed.  If the person is residing out-of-state, he may be able to move the case to an immigration court nearer to him.


It can take up to 3 weeks for an immigration detainee at Wakulla to see an immigration judge.  On average, detained cases can take anywhere from 1 month to 3 months to be completed.  Sometimes cases can take much longer.

Facility Background

Today, the Wakulla County Jail holds a large number of immigrants who have already been slated for removal.  Nonetheless, the majority of inmates who leave the facility are not deported, but appear to leave the facility on an order of supervised release.  In 2007, close to 78% of immigration detainees who exited the facility, left on their own recognizance or on order of supervision.  Only 2% were able to bond out.

The Wakulla County Jail has been criticized in ICE audits for not providing detainees with private phone calls, “Know Your Rights” packets, and initial dental screenings.  These problems persisted through 2006 and 2007.  There is no more recent data on whether corrections have been made.

Nearby Facilities

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

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