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The Worcester County Jail, located in Snow Hill, Maryland, is a county jail which also houses ICE detainees pursuant to a contract with the federal government. Worcester hosts a relatively small number of inmates compared to other immigration detention facilities in the area. On average, the facility houses under 500 ICE detainees per year. The jail is sometimes referred to as the Worcester County Detention Center.
Contacting the Facility
Worcester County Jail
5022 Joyner Road
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate will have to call you using phone inside the facility. The Worcester County Detention Center will not pass on non-emergency messages to detainees, nor will it connect you directly to a detainee. The detainee must call you directly using a phone account.
To deposit money in the person’s phone account, go to the website for Securis Correctional Billing Services or call their customer service line at (800)844-6591. To send money for general use, send a money order to the facility’s Post Office Box address: P.O. Box 189, Snow Hill Maryland 21863.
To visit a person, go to the Worcester County Jail between 8:30am and 11:30am or 1:00-3:30pm on any day except Mondays and Fridays.
To send mail to the person, use the following address:
Inmate Name and Alien Number
P.O. Box 189
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The deportation officers assigned to cases at the Worcester County Jail work out of the Salsbury ERO Field Office, located 40 minutes away. This ICE office is located at 119 Naylor Mill Road, Salisbury, Maryland. The reach a deportation officer there, call (410)219-7600. The supervising ICE officers for Worcester detainees are Assistant Field Office Director Hugh Spafford and Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Charles Riccio. The Baltimore Field Office, which oversees all detained cases in the region, can be reached at (410)637-4000.
A high proportion of ICE detainees at Worcester are eligible for release on an immigration bond. To find out if ICE has set a bond for a person, contact the deportation officer assigned to his or her case at (410)219-7600. Even when ICE has denied a person release on bond, you should contact an immigration lawyer to learn about other options. For example, detainees frequently request bond hearings before an immigration judge.
To post bond, go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. However, to get a Worcester ICE detainee released in the shortest amount of time, it is advised that you post bond at the Baltimore ERO Field Office:
31 Hopkins Plaza, Suite 700
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Bring to the field office a cashier’s check or money order for the full amount of the bond. Write the check or money order to the “Department of Homeland Security.”
When a person is released on an immigration bond from the Worcester County Jail, ICE does not currently provide transportation to the nearest bus station or airport. It is advised that you either pick up the person from the facility, or arrange for a taxi to give him a ride to the bus station or airport.
The Removal Process
Worcester immigration detainees are usually placed in removal proceedings within a few weeks of their arrest. In removal proceedings, ICE attempts to prove that a person is not entitled to reside in the United States. If the person has not been deported before, he or she usually has the opportunity to defends against the government’s charges. In some cases, the detainee will be eligible to apply for relief from deportation.
Worcester detainees’ cases are usually heard the Baltimore Immigration Court. One of the following 5 judges is randomly assigned to these cases:
- Judge David Crosland
- Judge John F. Gossart, Jr.
- Judge Elizabeth A. Kessler
- Judge Lisa Dornell
- Judge Phillip T. Williams
When a person is released from the Worcester County Jail, their case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket of the Baltimore Immigration Court. Even after release, he or she must attend all scheduled removal hearings. If the person is residing with a sponsor living outside of the area, the detainee or his attorney can request a change of venue to a nearer immigration court.
Worcester County Jail immigration detainees may wait up to 3 weeks to see an immigration judge, depending on how long it takes ICE to formally charge the person with removability, and for the immigration court to schedule a hearing date.
The Worcester County Jail is headed by Warden Garry Mumford.
Statistics reveal that a relatively large proportion (28%) of immigration detainees at Worcester Jail bond out of detention. A relatively small percentage, 46%, are deported or removed. (Nationally, 72% of ICE detainees that leave ICE detention are deported.) This may reflect that a higher percentage of ICE detainees at Worcester receive legal representation than those at other facilities. Most detainees at Worcester are from Mexico, El Salvador, or Guatemala.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Worcester County Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following immigration detention centers:
- Hampton Roads Regional Jail
- Rappahannock Regional Facility
- Farmville Field Office