Folkston ICE Processing Center

The Folkston ICE Processing Center is a private detention center managed by The Geo Group that is located in Folkston, Georgia. This facility has a main unit and an annex that houses detainees who are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The capacity of this facility is approximately 1,100. 

For information about an ICE detainee housed at the Folkston ICE Processing Center, call (912) 496-6905 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. You must have the detainee's information ready when you call, including their full name (first, last, and hyphenated), any known aliases, their date of birth, and their country of birth.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Folkston ICE Processing Center (Main and Annex) are Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays.

Visitation for Medium High to High classification detainees is:

  • Saturdays: 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Sundays: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Visitation for Low to Medium Low classification detainees is:

  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Sundays: 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Visitation for the Restricted Housing unit is:

  • Saturdays and Sundays: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Visiting Schedule is as follows:

Medium High – High

  • 11:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Low – Medium Low

  • 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Restricted Housing Unit

  • 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

General Rules

All visitors must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled visit time so they can be processed through security. Visits can last a maximum of one hour. 

Adult visitors must have a valid government-issued photo ID card to enter the facility. Minors who are visiting must be accompanied by an adult guardian (18 years or older), and must not be left unaccompanied in the waiting room.

The Folkston ICE Processing Center does have a dress code for visitors. Please dress conservatively.

Visitors are allowed to bring up to $20 in the form of $1 bills or coins for use in the vending machines.

Anyone entering the visitation area is subject to a pat-down search of their person, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. If you refuse to cooperate with a reasonable search, you will not be admitted. Visitors are not allowed to pass or attempt to pass any items to detainees.

No electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, radios, etc.) are permitted in the secure areas of this facility.  No firearms or weapons of any kind are allowed.

Attorney Visits
Attorneys and paralegals may visit detainees daily between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm. Legal representatives may request video teleconference (VTC) meetings or confidential legal phone calls with their clients or prospective clients by email at [email protected]

Consular Visits
Consular officials are allowed to meet with their detained nationals at any time. When possible, arrangements should be made with the ICE Supervisory Deportation Officer in advance by calling (912) 496-6905. All consular officials should bring appropriate credentials. 

Clergy Visits
Clergy are allowed to visit detainees housed at Folkston ICE Processing Center at the following times:

  • Mondays through Fridays: 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 5 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Arrangements must be made in advance by calling the chaplain's office at (912) 496-6905.

Physical Address

Folkston ICE Processing Center (Main)
3026 Hwy 252 East
Folkston, GA 31537
United States

Folkston ICE Processing Center (Annex)
3424 Hwy 252 E
Folkston, GA 31537
United States

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General Phone Number

Facility Phone (Main and Annex): (912) 496-6905
Field Office Main Phone: (404) 893-1210

Immigration Court: 1-800-898-7180
Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA): (703) 605-1007

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Folkston ICE Processing Center
Detainee Name
Alien Number, Housing Unit/Dorm/Bunk Number
P.O. Box 248
Folkston, GA 31537
United States

When sending a detainee mail through the US Postal Service, you must include the last four digits of their Alien number, plus your name and address. The staff at Folkston ICE Processing Center does not read incoming detainee mail, but they do screen it for contraband. 

Sending Packages

Detainees at Folkston ICE Processing Center are not allowed to receive care packages. However, a detainee may receive items that are considered necessary for travel or release from agency custody with the approval of the ICE Deportation Officer. Before sending packages to detainees, contact the mail clerk at:

GEO Folkston IPC
3026 Hwy 252 East
Folkston, GA  31537
(912) 496-6905

Detainees who are being removed from the United States are allowed one small piece of luggage. This can be sent after receiving approval from the Supervisory Deportation Officer. For security reasons, no electronic devices (cell phones, electric razors, laptop computers, radios, etc.) are accepted.

How to Call an Inmate

Detainees at Folkston ICE Processing Center can't receive incoming calls. However, if you need to leave an urgent message you can call (912) 496-6905.

The message should include the detainee's full name, their alien registration number, and a telephone number where you can be reached.

How to Send Money

You can send money to a detainee at Folkston ICE Processing Center by mailing a money order or cashier's check directly to the detainee. Do not send cash. The processing officer will put the money into the detainee's account and issue a receipt.

Mail the money order or cashier's check to:

GEO Folkston IPC
Detainee’s full name and A-number
3026 Hwy 252 East
Folkston, GA  31537

You can also deposit money to a detainee’s account online with a debit or credit card via

Visitors may deposit cash into a detainee's account at the facility, Monday through Friday – excluding holidays.

To Post a Delivery Bond

When a detainee in ICE custody is placed into removal proceedings while they are in the United States, a delivery bond may be posted. When you post a delivery bond, you are required to show proof of identity.

Bonds for aliens detained by ICE can be posted at ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nationwide, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., local time. For a list of ICE ERO bond acceptance offices nearest you or for bond information, click here. You must have the last name of the detainee and their alien registration number before calling. 

Acceptable forms of payment are: 

  • money orders
  • cashier’s checks 
  • certified checks

Payments must be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Programs For Inmates

Individuals detained at the Folkston ICE Processing Center have access to legal services, visitation, and ample opportunity to participate in indoor and outdoor recreation.

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