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Adelanto Detention Center

The Adelanto Detention Center is a privately-owned facility which contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees.  The detention center is located approximately 90 miles north east of Los Angeles.  Immigration detainees there fall under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Field Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The facility is sometimes referred to as the Adelanto East Detention Center.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Adelanto Detention Facility
10400 Rancho Road
Adelanto, California 92301



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk and leave a message for the inmate to return your call.  You will be asked for the person’s name and alien number.  The facility will not connect you directly to the person.  Also, the person will not be allowed to make free phone calls of any length to family members.  As a result, you will need to send the person money so funds can be added to his calling card.

To deposit money in the person’s general account, send a money order to the facility, or transfer money via Western Union.  You can also deposit cash into a direct deposit machine located in the lobby of the facility.  To deposit money in the person’s phone account, call (866)566-0115 and be ready to speak the person’s name, location, and alien number.  Or click here, and select “Detainee Phone Calls.”

To visit the a person at the detention facility in Adelanto, go to 10400 Rancho Road during the following hours:


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

Inmate Name and Alien Number
Adelanto Detention Center
10400 Rancho Road
Adelanto, California 92301

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Adelanto Detention Center

Adelanto Detention Center

There are approximately 10 ICE deportation officers working out of the Adelanto Detention Center.  Each person’s case is assigned to a single officer based on the last three digits of his or her alien number.  To contact an ICE officer, call the facility’s main line at (760)561-6100 and ask to speak to an ICE deportation officer.  The receptionist will probably ask for the person’s alien number so he or she can forward to call to the officer assigned to the case.

The supervisory ICE officer is Assistant Field Office Director Terry Nelson.  He reports to Field Office Director Timothy S. Robbins, who heads up the Los Angeles Field Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations.  The Los Angeles Field Office can be reached at (213)830-7911 and is located at 300 North Los Angeles Street #7621, Los Angeles, California 90012.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Many immigration detainees can be released from Adelanto if their families are able to post an immigration bond.  Not everyone is eligible, however.  To find out if a person is eligible, contact the ICE deportation officer assigned to the case, by calling (760)561-6100.  Make sure to have the person’s alien number available.  While ICE may deny a person release on bond, he or she may nonetheless request a bond hearing from an immigration judge.

If one is eligible for a bond and wishes to post it, he or she can do so at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  However, for detainees at Adelanto County Detention Center, you can obtain release in the shortest amount of time by contacting the Los Angeles ERO Field Office:

300 North Los Angeles Street, Room 7621
Los Angeles, California 90012

To post bond, make sure you bring two form of photo ID, and you must be a U.S. citizen of lawful permanent resident.


Inmates released from the Adelanto Detention Center can be dropped off at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), located at:


The Removal Process

Immigration detainees at the Adelanto Detention Center are typically charged with deportability from the United States.  Unless the person has been removed before, he or she will have the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge and make a case for staying in the United States.

Immigration Court

Detainees at Adelanto appear before the Los Angeles Immigration Court via televideo.  (The detainees remain at the facility in Adelanto, but are able to speak to an immigration judge in downtown Los Angeles.)  As of November of 2011, there were three immigration judges assigned to cases out of the Adelanto Detention Center:

  • Judge Anna Ho
  • Judge Rose C. Peters
  • Judge Stephen L. Sholomson


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.  It can take an average of 2-3 months for an detained immigrant’s case to be completed.

Facility Background

The Adelanto Detention Center opened just recently, in August of 2011.  The facility is owned and operated by the GEO Group, which operates numerous immigration detention facilities across the United States.  The facility was built in 1991 by the City of Adelanto to house adult male convicts.  In June of 2010, it was bought by the GEO.  In May of 2011, GEO contracted with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house immigration detainees there.  Currently, the facility has room for 650 immigration detainees.  By fall of 2012, the facility is expected to have bed space for 650 more.

Nearby Facilities

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


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