In August 2010, 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 838 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 Program is managed by a Sheriff’s Lieutenant, under the direction of the Commander of Custody and Court Operations Command. In partnership with ICE, the ICE lieutenant and a staff of three sergeants, an administrative manager, and three deputy sheriffs oversee detention operations and compliance across four of the Sheriff’s custody facilities.
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 408 minimum security and 64 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 60 days.