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Tri-County Detention Center

The Tri-County Detention Center, located in Ullin, Illinois, houses approximately 215 immigration detainees on an average daily basis.  Pulaski County, which owns the facility, agreed to house these detainees after reaching a financial agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The detention facility is located at the southern tip of Illinois, 350 miles from Chicago.  It has been criticized for its remoteness from Chicago, where both the immigration court and ICE field office are located.

Contact Information

Contacting the Facility


Tri-County Detention Center
1026 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, Illinois 62992



Contacting A Detainee

To speak to a detainee by phone, the inmate must call you using a collect account or phone card.  Unfortunately, the Tri-County Detention Center will not connect you directly to an inmate or pass along non-emergency messages.  Moreover, the facility does not provide inmates with free calls to family and friends.

To deposit money in the person’s account, you must send money the facility using a U.S. Postal money order.  Once the money is deposited in the inmate’s account, he or she can use it to purchase a phone card.

To visit the person, go to the facility address on the following days and times:

  • Fridays, from 5pm to 9pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am to 11am and 1pm to 3pm

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

Inmate Name, Alien Number, Booking Number
Tri-County Detention Center
1026 Shawnee College Road
Ullin, Illinois 62992

Contacting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Tri-County Detention Center

Inmates at the Tri-County Detention Center in Ullin, Illinois

The ICE deportation officers are in Chicago, Illinois at the Chicago ERO Field Office, located at 101 W. Congress Parkway Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60604.  The office can be reached by dialing (312)347-2400 and pressing ‘5’.  Officers are assigned to cases based on the detainee’s nationality and alien number.  The head officer in charge of detained cases at Tri-County is Assistant Field Office Director Jim Bond.  He reports to the Chicago Field Office Director Ricardo A. Wong.

Getting Released

Immigration Bonds

Detainees at Tri-County may be eligible for release on bond, depending on a number of factors, like criminal history, family ties, length of residence in the US, and chances of getting relief from deportation.  The best way to find out if a person is eligible for bond is simply by calling the Chicago ICE Office at (312)347-2400 and asking to speak to the deportation officer assigned to the person’s case.  Sometimes, ICE officers refuse to speak to non-attorneys.  Even if ICE is unwilling to release a person on bond, the person may still be eligible.  Consult with an immigration lawyer to find out about the possibility of requesting a bond hearing before an immigration judge.

To post bond, go to any ICE ERO Field Office in the United States.  For faster processing, it is recommended that you post bond at the Chicago ERO Field Office:

Chicago ERO Field Office
101 W. Congress Parkway Suite 4000
Chicago, Illinois 60605

To post bond for a detainee, you must be a US citizen of lawful permanent resident.

The Removal Process

ICE detainees at Jefferson County are inevitably placed in removal proceedings by ICE.  ICE alleges that the person is not entitled to remain in the United States, and puts forth evidence to prove these allegations.  If it’s the immigrant’s first time in deportation proceedings, he usually has the opportunity to defend himself before an immigration judge.

Immigration Court

Immigration detainees at Tri-County Detention Center appear via televideo at the Chicago (detained) Immigration Court. While the immigration judges and attorneys appear at 536 South Clark, Chicago, Illinois 60605, the detainees remain at Tri-County and communicate with the judge using a camera and video monitor. (Note: the location of the Chicago Immigration Court will be moving in the future to 525 West Van Buren Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607.)  The immigration judges assigned to detained cases change periodically.  Right now, the following judges in Chicago are assigned to the detained docket:

  • Judge Philip DiMarzio
  • Judge Eliza C. Klein

When a person is released from Tri-County Detention Center, his case is automatically transferred to the non-detained docket at the Chicago Immigration Court.  The person must continue attending all removal hearings or risk automatic deportation.


Detainees at Tri-County are sometimes forced to wait 3 weeks to see an immigration judge.  The delay is due primarily to ICE processing times.  Detained cases in Chicago take approximately 44 days for completion.

Facility Background

The Tri-County Detention Center is owned by Pulaski County and operated by Paladin Eastside Psychological Services.  In one year, the facility houses up to 2,400 ICE detainees while their removal hearings are pending or they are awaiting deportation.  While most immigration detainees at Tri-County are ultimately deported (around 85%), a relatively high proportion are released on an order of supervision (5%).  Only about 4% of ICE detainees are able to bond out of the Tri-County Detention Center.  The most well-represented nationalities at Tri-County are Mexican, Cuban, and Polish.

In October of 2011, the National Immigrant Justice Center filed a complaint on behalf a detainee at Tri-County Detention Center, who alleged he was denied treatment for HIV.  He also complained that he was not given medical treatment for pain in his genitals and rectal bleeding.

Nearby Facilities

If you are having difficulty locating an immigration detainee at the Tri-County Detention Center, you may want to try contacting any the following facilities:

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