In July 2015, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) entered into a contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house immigration detainees in our facilities. The five year contract makes a maximum of 958 beds available to ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
OCSD provides for the detainees’ care and custody while ICE handles all aspects of the detainees’ immigration proceedings. OCSD provides housing and services for detainees in accordance with the 2008 Performance Based National Detention Standards (PBNDS). ICE developed these standards to provide consistent conditions of confinement for immigration detainees across the country. ICE continually monitors our compliance with PBNDS. In addition, ICE contracts with an independent compliance inspection company to conduct annual inspections and reviews of each facility.
The OCSD ICE Detention Contract is managed by an Administrative Manager, under the direction of the Commander of Custody Operations Command. In partnership with ICE, a Sheriff’s Lieutenant and a staff of three sergeants, and three deputy sheriffs oversee the law enforcement requirements of the ICE program including, but not limited to, security staffing, facility modifications, and ADA compliance. Contract compliance across four of the Sheriff’s custody facilities is monitored and managed by the Administrative Manager to ensure all obligations are met.
The Central Women’s Jail (CWJ) and the Intake Release Center (IRC) can house detainees for up to 72 hours. These facilities temporarily house detainees who require a higher level of medical or mental health care and observation than is available at our other facilities. In addition, OCSD initially receives all detainees at the IRC.
The James A. Musick Facility (JAMF) can house 256 male and 110 female minimum security detainees. The Theo Lacy Facility (TLF) can house up to 600 minimum, medium or maximum security male detainees. These facilities can house the detainees for the entire length of their immigration proceedings. The average ICE detainee stay in OCSD custody is approximately 120 days.
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