Prairieland Detention Facility

The Prairieland Detention Facility is an ICE detention facility that is located in Alvarado, Texas. This facility houses male, female, and transgender detainees who are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

The ICE field office that supervises the Prairieland Detention Facility is located in Dallas, Texas. If you need information about an ICE detainee housed at the Prairieland Detention Facility, call (817) 409-3995, 24 hours a day.

When you call, have the detainee's information ready, including their full name (first, last, and hyphenated), any known aliases, date of birth, and country of birth.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Prairieland Detention Facility are as follows:


  • Low/ Medium Low: Tues/ Thurs/ Sat 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • High: Tues/ Thurs/ Sat 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


  • Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


  • Low/Medium Low:  Mon/Wed/ Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • High: Mon/ Wed/ Friday 1:00 p.m-6:00 p.m.

General Rules

All visits are contact visits. Adult visitors must have a valid, government-issued photo ID to enter the visiting room. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All visitors are subject to a pat-down search, an inspection of their belongings, and a metal scan search. Visitors are not allowed to carry any items into the visiting area, or give any items to detainees.

Attorney Visits

Attorneys and/or paralegals are allowed to visit detainees daily between  8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Video tele-conferencing visits are also available. For more information on video visits, email [email protected]

Consular Visits

Consular officials are allowed to meet with their detained nationals at any time, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If possible, arrangements should be made in advance with the ICE Supervisory Deportation officer. All consular officials should bring appropriate credentials. 

Clergy Visits

Clergy are allowed to visit detainees housed at Prairieland Detention Facility at any time. Arrangements should be made in advance through the chaplain's office.

Physical Address

Prairieland Detention Facility
1209 Sunflower Lane
Alvarado, TX 76009
United States

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General Phone Number

Facility Main Phone: (817) 409-3995
Field Office Main Phone: (214) 424-7800

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

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Prairieland Detention Facility
Inmate name and A-number
1209 Sunflower Lane
Alvarado, TX 76009
United States

You must include the detainee's name and alien number in the mailing address of all detainee mail. Also, include your name and address in the envelope's "return address" section, or the mail will not be given to the detainee. Staff does not read incoming inmate mail, but they do check it for contraband.

Sending Packages

Detainees are not allowed to receive care packages. However, with the approval of the ICE Deportation Officer, they are allowed to receive items that are considered necessary for travel or release from agency custody. Before sending packages to detainees, contact the ICE Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer at the facility at:

(817) 409-3995
Prairieland Detention Center
1209 Sunflower Lane
Alvarado, TX 76009

Detainees who are being removed from the United States are allowed to have one small piece of luggage. If a detainee does not already have baggage, they may have one bag sent after receiving approval from the Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer. 

For security reasons, electronic devices (cell phones, electric razors, laptop computers, radios, etc.) cannot be included in the detainee's luggage.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call a detainee at Prairieland Detention Facility. However, if you need to leave an urgent message you can call (817) 409-3995. The message should include the detainee's full name, the detainee's alien registration number, and a telephone number where you can be reached.

How to Send Money

To send money to a detainee at Prairieland Detention Facility, mail a money order or cashier's check directly to the detainee. Please do not send cash. 

The processing officer will deposit the money order or check into the detainee's account and issue a receipt. Cashier’s checks and money orders must include the detainee’s full name and A-number.

Mail the cashier's check or money order to:
Prairieland Detention Facility
Detainee Name, Alien number
1209 Sunflower Lane
Alvarado, TX 76009
United States

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 for a delivery bond are money orders, cashier's checks, and certified checks. Payments must be made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” or “Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Programs For Inmates

Information about inmate programs at Prairieland Detention Facility is not publicly available.

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