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Atlanta City Detention Center

The Atlanta City Detention Center, also known as the Atlanta City Jail houses immigration detainees pursuant to a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The jail, located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, has capacity for 1,314 inmates, and holds approximately 160 ICE detainees, the majority of which are adult males.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Atlanta City Detention  Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30303



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (404)865-8099 and ask to leave a message for a detainee to call you back.  Because inmates are not allowed free calls to family and friends, you will need to add money to the person’s phone account.

To deposit money in the person’s phone account, call (866)345-1884, or deposit money online using www.accesscorrections.com.  On the website, you can register a new account here.

To visit the person, go to jail’s address on either Wednesday or Sunday between the hours of 8:30am and 9pm.

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

Inmate Name, Alien Number, Booking Number
Atlanta City Detention  Center
254 Peachtree Street Southwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Atlanta City Detention Center

Atlanta City Detention Center

The ICE deportation officers handling cases out of the Atlanta City Jail are located at the Atlanta ERO Field Office.  You can reach an officer there by dialing (404)893-1210 (then press ‘3#’) or 404-893-1290.  Or you can talk to someone in person by visiting the Field Office, located at 180 Spring Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.  When you call or visit the deportation office, make sure and have available the person’s alien number.  Deportation officers are assigned to individuals’ cases based on the last three digits of this number.

Assistant Field Office Director Jarvis McMillar supervises cases at the Atlanta City Detention Center.  Above him, is Field Office Director Felicia S. Skinner, who supervises all the detention facilities in the region.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Detention Center are sometimes eligible for release on an immigration bond.  (Eligibility depends on a number of factors, like criminal history and chances of getting relief from deportation.)  To determine if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, you must speak to the ICE officer assigned to the case.  While the ICE officers go in an out of the Atlanta City Detention Center, you have a better chance of reaching this person by calling the Atlanta Field Office and asking to be connected to the person in charge of the case.

Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  To get an Atlanta inmate released in the shortest amount of time, it is advised that you post bond at the Atlanta ERO Field Office, where the detainee’s file is located:

Atlanta ERO Field Office
180 Spring Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Persons wishing to post bond for a detainee must be either US citizens or lawful permanent residents.


Immigration detainees at the Atlanta City Jail are not typically transported to an airport of bus station.

The Removal Process

Immigrants held at the Atlanta City Detention Center are usually charged with removability, shortly after being placed in ICE custody.  Normally, the detainee has a chance to defend himself from deportation in immigration court.  A defense to removal involves rebutting allegations made by ICE and presenting evidence in favor of relief.

Immigration Court

Immigrant detainees at the Atlanta City Jail appear before the Atlanta Immigration Court via televideo.  While the judge and the attorneys physically appear from the Atlanta Immigration Court, the detainee remains at the jail and communicates through a camera and video monitor.  There are 4 possible judges who may be assigned to a detainee’s case:

  • Judge Earle Wilson
  • Judge Dan J. Pelletier
  • Judge Wayne K. Houser, Jr.
  • Judge William A. Cassidy


A detainee in Atlanta may have to wait up to 3 weeks to appear before an immigration judge.  The delay is due primarily to the time it takes ICE to file charging documents with the immigration court.  In 2011, it took an average of 62 days for Atlanta detainees’ cases to be completed.

Facility Background

The Atlanta City Detention Center was built in 1995 and last renovated in 2001.  The City of Atlanta first agreed to house ICE detainees in May of 1991, when it signed an Intergovernmental Services Agreement (IGSA).  The Atlanta City Jail came into the media spotlight in April of 2011, when two undocumented immigrant youth leaders were arrested for protesting at an intersection.  The two immigrants were interrogated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, arrested, and forced to spent the night at the Atlanta City Detention Center.  In September of 2011, Atlanta leaders were ordered by a federal judge to come up with a plan to address overcrowding at the Atlanta City Detention Center.  It is reported that, due to overcrowding, some inmates were forced to sleep on the floor.

Notably, a 2008 ICE audit did not note any deficiencies in the Atlanta jail’s ability to meet ICE detention standards.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Atlanta City Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following facilities:

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