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The Florence Correctional Center, located in Florence, Arizona, is a facility that houses immigration detainees. The detention facility is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. There are numerous detention facilities located in its vicinity, with which it should not be confused: Florence Service Processing Center, Central Arizona Detention Center, and the Pinal County Jail. While the Florence Correctional Center has capacity for 1824 inmates, less than a third of the facility is used to house ICE inmates.
Contacting the Facility
Florence Correctional Center
1100 North Bowling Road
Florence, Arizona 85132
Contacting A Detainee
To speak to a detainee by phone, call the facility’s main desk at (520)868-9095 (press “0” for an operator), and leave a message for the inmate to call you back. Note: the facility will not connect you directly to a detainee. The detainee is not allowed free phone calls, and so money must be deposited in his or her account.
To deposit money in the person’s commissary account, you can transfer money using Western Union. When you fill out a payment form at Western Union, the recipient is “Corrections Corp of America,” the code city is “TrustCCA,” and the state code is “TN.” The account number is the inmates’s commissary number. To find out the person’s commissary number, call the detention facility.
To visit the an immigration detainee at the Florence Correctional Center, go to the facility address between the hours of 8am and 3:30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.
To send mail to the person, do not use the facility address. Instead, use the following address:
P.O. Box 6900
Florence, Arizona 85132
Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The ICE deportation office is located near the detention facility, at 3250 N. Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85132. One deportation officer is assigned to each person’s case. The officer can be reached by calling (520)868-5862. The supervisory ICE officer is Assistant Field Office Director Earl Scalet. He reports to Katrina S. Kane, the Field Office Director in Phoenix, Arizona. She can be reached at (602)766-7030.
Some detainees at the Florence Correctional Center will be eligible for release on an immigration bond. Most of time, detainees with serious criminal backgrounds or repeat immigration violations are not found to be eligible. To find out if ICE is willing to release a person on bond, call the ICE deportation officer at 520-868-5862. Even if the ICE officer is unwilling to release the person on bond, the person or his attorney can challenge this denial by requesting a bond hearing before an immigration judge.
Bond can be posted at any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States. In order to get a person released in the shortest amount of time, bond should be posted at the Florence Service Processing Center (Florence SPC):
3250 N. Pinal Parkway
Florence, Arizona 85132
Inmates released from the Florence Correctional Center can be picked up directly from the facility. However, if the person’s family resides outside of Arizona, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will drop the person off at the Greyhound bus station in Phoenix:
2115 E. Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Family members can purchase “open tickets” online at the Greyhound website.
The Removal Process
Immigration detainees at the Florence Correctional Center are usually placed in removal proceedings, and provided with an opportunity to defend against deportation. An immigrant can challenge removal, or deportation, by denying allegations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or by presenting evidence in favor of particular forms of relief from removal.
Immigration detainees at the Florence Correctional Center appear before the Florence Immigration Court, which is located 1.5 miles away, at 3260 N. Pinal Parkway, Florence, Arizona 85132. The court handles only detained cases for inmates at the Florence Correctional Center, the Central Arizona Detention Center, the Florence Service Processing Center, and the Pinal County Detention Facility. The judges are:
- Judge Silvia R. Arrellano
- Judge Bruce A. Taylor
- Judge Scott M. Jefferies
If a person is released from the Florence Correctional Center, his case is automatically transferred to to the Phoenix Immigration Court, located at 200 East Mitchell Drive, Suite 200, Phoenix, Arizona 85012. The case can be transferred to a different state if a motion for change of venue is properly filed.
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. In fiscal year 2011, it took an average of 46 days for cases to reach completion.
Over a one-year span, the Florence Correctional Center houses over 2,500 immigration detainees. The center is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. The vast majority of detainees at the Florence Correctional Center are from Mexico and Central and South America. In 2006, employees at Florence were fired in connection with accusations that they were smuggling drugs into the facility. At the time, many inmates tested positive for drug use.
If you are having difficulty locating someone at the Florence Correctional Facility, try contacting the following immigration detention centers in Arizona: