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El Paso Processing Center (ICE)

Regional Facility

Last Updated: December 11, 2019
Address
8915 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925
Beds
1000
County
El Paso
Security Level
Regional Detention - low
Phone
915-225-0700
Email
epsheriff@epcounty.com
Facility Type
Adult
Satellite View of El Paso Processing Center (ICE)

COVID-19: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, El Paso Processing Center (ICE) is facing VISITATION SUSPENSION for the next 15-30 days. Please call 915-225-0700 for the most current visiting room updates and when visits will resume.

El Paso Processing Center (ICE) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 915-225-0700

This facility is for adult inmates.

El Paso Processing Center (ICE) is a regional jail facility that handles the intake from the El Paso County Sheriff's arrests but also from several surrounding counties located at 8915 Montana Ave El Paso, TX. This cooperative prison is funded by all of the counties that hold their detainees and sentenced inmates.

The El Paso Processing Center is an immigration detention facility located in El Paso, TX. The facility is technically an ICE Service Processing Center. It houses immigrant detainees who are either awaiting deportation or having their cases heard before the El Paso Immigration Court. The facility has space for about 840 inmates, with a daily population around 770.. Because of it's proximity to the border, it sometimes serves as a staging area for ICE to hold immigrants prior to deportation.

El Paso Processing Center (ICE) - Immigration Detainee Locator

If you need information about a detainee that is housed at this facility, you may call (915) 225-0700/0717 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. When you call, please have the individual’s biographical information ready, including first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth.

Detainees cannot receive incoming calls. If you need to get in touch with a detainee to leave an urgent message, you must call (915) 225-0775 and leave the detainee’s full name, alien registration number and your name and telephone number where you can be reached. The detainee will be given your message.

The El Paso Service Processing Center was one of 1,528 facilities that were used to house immigration detainees during the last decade, and one of 654 facilities nationwide that housed ICE detainees during the most recent 12 month period. Of these 654, there were 324 facilities that had at least 10 individuals who were deported or released. Excluding those facilities with fewer than 10 exits, the El Paso Service Processing Center last year ranked in the top 3 percent nationwide in the number of individuals leaving ICE detention. This means that 3 percent of the locations contributed the same or a larger number of exits, while 97 percent had a smaller number.

Deportations. Nationally, the most common reason that a detainee left ICE detention was that they were deported from the United States. During the most recent 12 month period for which comprehensive data are available, nationwide 81 percent of those leaving ICE detention were deported or "voluntarily" departed. By way of comparison, a higher percentage of detainees (88 percent) left the country from the El Paso Service Processing Center because they were formally deported, or left under the so-called "voluntary departure" procedure.

Inmate Locator

El Paso Processing Center (ICE) publishes the names of their inmates currently in their facility in Texas. Your search should start with this locator first to see if your loved one is there.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

El Paso Processing Center (ICE) - Visitation

Public Visiting Hours
Administration visitor hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Detainee Visitation
Visitors must have a valid verifiable photo identification card. Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Children must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area. Any disruptive conduct on either party will result in the termination of the visit.
Visiting hours are scheduled according to the detainee’s first initial of their last name.

The hours are as follows:
Saturday, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., A-F
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., G-L
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., M-S
Sunday, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., S-Z

Attorney Visitation Hours
Attorneys have access to their clients from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week for scheduled appointments. Paralegal representatives will be allowed access from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays. In case of emergencies or other reasons, attorneys may have access to detainees 24 hours a day, seven days a week, once the attorney has coordinated access with the Supervisory Immigration Enforcement Agent on duty.

Consular Visits
Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the office of the Assistant Field Office Director to the extent possible and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The Assistant Field Office Director can be reached at (915) 225-1903.

Clergy Visits
Clergy may visit detainees at any time but must make prior arrangements with the office of the Assistant Field Office Director. The El Paso Processing Center Facility offers various religious services. Feel free to contact the Chaplain’s Office for a complete list. The Religious Services staff of the El Paso Processing Center provide to the extent possible for the religious observances of all detainees irrespective of their faith or beliefs.

Visiting Restrictions
1. All family / social visits are non-contact unless approved by the AFOD or designee.
2. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.
3. If visitors are or appear to be under the influence of alcohol or any drug, visitation will not be allowed.
4. Each detainee is permitted to have a maximum of two (2) visitors at a time.
5. All visitors are subject to search.
6. Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.
7. Children must be under control at all times.
8. Please dress appropriately. The following is a list of unacceptable attire (but is not limited to this list):

o Mini skirts

o Short shorts

o Bare feet

o Tank tops

o Tube tops

o Sexually explicit attire

o Transparent or translucent material (see through clothes)

o Anything deemed to be inappropriate attire by the ICE officer on duty

9. Visitors are not allowed to chew gum in the facility.
10. Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.
11. If contraband such as drugs, alcohol, or weapons are found on any person, that person may be subject to prosecution.

Search Procedures
All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility. All detainees are required to submit to a search when visiting with their family members, friends, attorneys, paralegal, etc., prior to the start of the visit. Detainees will also be subject to a pat-down search upon termination of their visit.

El Paso Processing Center (ICE) - Friends and Family Visits

DAY

VISITATION TIME

ALL ICE LEVEL DETAINEES

Monday — Friday

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

11:00 am to 3:00 pm
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

  • Contact visits may be requested to the Facility Administrator or designee. Detainees are allotted one hour for visitation. For detainee assigned visitation days, please call (915) 225-0700 / 0717 from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.

  • Adult visitors must present a valid, verifiable government-issued identification card to enter the facility.

  • Minors who are visiting the facility must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older). Minors must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room, visiting room or any other area.

Attorney Visits

Legal representatives of detainees are authorized to visit their clients during the following hours:

Attorneys are permitted to visit detainees seven days a week, 8:00 am to 9:30 pm. Authorized paralegals may visit detainees seven days a week - Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and weekends/holidays from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

A list of pro bono (free) legal organizations will be posted in all detainee housing units and other appropriate areas. This list shall be updated quarterly. If a detainee wishes to see a representative or paralegal from that organization, it is the detainee’s responsibility to contact them for an appointment.

Consular Visits

Consular officials may meet with their detained nationals at any time. It is requested that prior arrangements be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer to the extent possible, and that consular officials bring appropriate credentials when they come to the facility. The ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer for this facility can be reached at (915) 225-0700/0717

Clergy Visits

Clergy may visit detainees at any time, but must make prior arrangements with the Chaplain’s Office.

Visiting Restrictions

  • All family or other social visits are Non-contact.

  • No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted in the facility.

  • If visitors are or appear to be intoxicated, visitation will not be allowed.

  • All visitors are subject to search while in the facility.

  • Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.

  • Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visitation area.

Search Procedures (prior to or during all visitations)

All individuals requesting admittance to the facility or the visitation area are subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Individuals refusing to cooperate with a reasonable search will not be admitted. No firearms or weapons of any kind are permitted. No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.

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Facility Type

The El Paso Processing Center (ICE) is used by multiple jurisdictions within Texas who have arranged and organized to construction and administering of the facility. This soi a direct-supervision institution where the inmates are housed in pods with two-man cells aligning one wall arranged on two floors. There is a large common area where the tables and chairs are affixed to the floor on TV. The showers are open to the room, too.

An inmate's day starts with wake-up at 5:30 a.m. and breakfast is served from 6-6:30 am. Offenders report to their assigned jobs at 7:30 am Every offender who is physically able has a job in the prison system. Offenders are not paid for their work, but they can earn privileges as a result of good work habits. Offenders also learn job skills that can help them find employment when released from their commitment term.

Custody/Security Level

The El Paso Processing Center (ICE) is a regional detention center for El Paso County and surrounding counties in Texas. The low-security facility located at 8915 Montana Ave in El Paso which is fenced with razor-wire and perimeter patrol. The inmates are provided with the opportunities for rehabilitation and self-improvement through programs focused on vocational skills for when the offender re-enters society.

The facility was built as a medium-security structure, although now it is classified as low security. It is made up of modules each containing four dormitories (each with a sleeping area, dining area/ day room, and restroom), disciplinary cells, a multipurpose room, an infirmary, a visiting center, and security stations. It was designed to house 90 criminals per dormitory "block".

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a Regional Detention - low facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about El Paso Processing Center (ICE) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Texas

Here are some general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's trust account; but not specific to a particular facility, institution or jail. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services. Some county jails require a per-night fee for the jail’s expenses.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the jail. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be used if the inmate has funds in their commissary account, like a bank account within the institution. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. Items sold are clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary also sells products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets, songs and educational programming. They also sell paper, envelopes, and stamps allowing the inmate to write their loved ones, friends and family. Facilities will provide stamps and paper to inmates who are indigent – eligible where no money has been in their commissary account for at least 30 days.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with. Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number.

Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, AccessCorrections, JailATM, WU, Touchpayonline, tigercommissary, smartdeposit are some of the money transfer firms being used by various facilities. MoneyGram is by far the oldest and most trusted.

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at El Paso Processing Center (ICE) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to El Paso Processing Center (ICE) at 8915 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $8.95, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

Ask The Inmate

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