Houston Contract Detention Facility (CDF)

Many of the people being detained at the Houston Contract Detention Facility (CDF) are subject to an ICE hold after being released from the Harris County Jail or finishing a prison sentence at the Huntsville prison. Some immigration detainees were transferred to the facility in Houston from another immigration detention facility because of overcrowding. Other people are held at this detention facility were apprehended while crossing the Mexican border.

The Houston Contract Detention Facility (CDF) is the place where immigrants are detained while they are waiting for their immigration court proceedings to be completed. Most of the people being detained are at risk of being removed or deported from the United States back to their home country.

Attorney for the Houston Contract Detention Facility

If your loved one is being detained at the Houston Contract Detention Facility, then contact an experienced immigration attorney at Luis F. Hess, PLLC. Focused on representing clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review during exclusion, deportation proceedings, removal proceedings, asylum-only proceedings, bond hearing, and immigration appeals, Luis F. Hess can help you fight the case.

From his office near The Woodlands, between Houston and Conroe, TX, Luis F. Hess represents his clients in immigration courts throughout the greater Houston area.

Call (281) 205-8540 today.


Posting Bond at the Houston Contract Detention Facility

A departure bond or delivery bond is posted when a person has been placed into removal proceedings while at a detention facility in the United States. The person posting the bond is called the obligor. That person supplying the bond money must show proof of identity and lawful immigration status. 

The person posting the bond at the detention facility in Houston, TX, is responsible for making sure that the alien presents himself before an officer or agent of this agency whenever a request is made.

To post an immigration bond for an alien being detained by ICE in the Houston Contract Detention Facility, you must post the bond at DRO Duty Section located at 126 Northpoint, Houston, TX 77060. The bond can be posted on Mondays through Fridays (except public holidays) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The bond can be paid by Cashier's Check from a bank or Postal Money Order. These must be made payable to the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security."

The bond can be posted on Mondays through Fridays (except public holidays) between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The office is closed for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The bond can be paid by Cashier's Check from a bank or Postal Money Order. These must be made payable to the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security."

Many people being detained are eligible for an immigration bond, especially detainees with a strong claim for relief from deportation or those without a serious criminal history. ICE will often set the bond amount for the person being detained. An immigration attorney can also file a motion for a bond hearing in front of an immigration judge.


Immigration Court at the Houston SPC

The Houston SPC Immigration Court is connected to the Houston Contract Detention Facility. The phrase "SPC" stands for Service Processing Center. The Houston SPC Immigration Court handles all detained cases from the three detention centers in Houston including:

The immigration judges at the Houston Service Processing Center (SPC) Immigration Court include:

    • Judge Jimmie Benton; and
    • Judge Saul Greenstein.

The facility is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. It was build in 1984 and remodeled in 2005. The facility has approximately 900 beds for detainees.

Other nearby detention centers in Texas include:

  • the Johnson County Detention Center in Cleburne, TX;
  • the Rolling Plains Detention Center or Correctional Facility;
  • the Dallas Immigration Detention Center;
  • the South Texas Detention Center (Pearsall ICE Detention Facility);
  • the Willacy Denton Center;
  • the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos; and
  • the Laredo Detention Center

Additional Resources

Houston Contract Detention Facility (CDF) - The CDF in Houston, TX, takes calls between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. When you call about a person being detained at this facility, you will be asked about the individual's first, last and hyphenated names, any aliases he or she may use, date of birth and country of birth. Although detainees cannot receive incoming calls, you can leave a message for the detainee and the detainee will be given your message. The facility has free public parking is available at the facility and provides accommodations for visitors and detainees with disabilities.

Contact Information:

Houston Contract Detention Facility (CDF)
Houston Field Office
15850 Export Plaza Drive
Houston, TX, 77032
(281) 449-1481


This article was last updated on Friday, December 22, 2017.

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