GEO Northwest Detention Center

Northwest Detention Center, located at 1623 E J St., Tacoma WA, 98421, is a private immigration prison located on the tide flats of the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The prison is operated by the GEO Group on behalf of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Opened in 2004, the NWDC is a privately owned and operated by the GEO Group on behalf of U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement. The NWDC's current capacity is 1575, making it one of the largest immigration prisons  in the United States.

We can usually visit a person who is detained within 24 hours of your contacting our office. We will need their name and "A Number." An A number is an 8-9 digit number, beginning with the letter "A,"  that has been assigned to the detainee. This number will be on the detainee's bracelet given to them at intake. We charge $200 for the time it takes to meet with the detainee, review their case, and discuss possible strategies and outcomes.
Visiting the Detention Center

How do I find out if someone is at the Detention Center? 

*You will need the detainee's A number: An “A” number is a 9-digit number assigned to non-citizens in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security. If the person detained did not have an A number prior to detention, one will be issued when they are processed into the detention center. This number can be found on bracelets worn by detainees.

*If you have the full name and A number of the person you are looking for, you can try to find out if they are being held by:

1. Access the ICE Online Detainee Locator System

2.  Call ICE at (253) 779-6000 ext 14

3. Visit the NWDC and ask to speak with ICE

Who can visit? 

1. Immediate Family: mothers, fathers, stepparents, foster parents, brothers, sisters, children, spouses, including common-law spouses, grandparents, uncles, aunts, in-laws, godparents or any other person who has custodial responsibility for the detainee.

2. Other Relatives, Friends, Associates: cousins, non-relatives and friends, unless posing a threat to the security, good order of the institution and available space.

3. Members of the clergy with proper identification.

*All adults must have photo identification. A driver’s license or other state I.D. is best.

*Visitors are limited to 1 visit a day

*Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children may visit at a time

*Property may be dropped off from 4:00pm-6:00pm daily but must be approved ahead of time by ICE

Visiting Hours?

On even numbered days (for example, May 2,4,6): Level 1 and 2 detainees have visiting hours from 7:30am to 11:00am. You must check in before 9:45am.

      Level 3 detainees have visiting hours from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm. You must check in before 2:45pm or 8:45pm

   On odd numbered days (for example, May 1,3,5): Level 1 and 2 detainees have visiting hours from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 10:00pm. You must check in before 2:45pm or 8:45pm

Level 3 detainees have visiting hours from 7:30am to 11:00am. You must check in before 9:45am. 

Dress Code?

Shorts must cover all areas of the anatomy. Skirts or dresses need to extend to mid thigh. Sheer clothing is prohibited. No crop tops, tank tops, spreapless tops, tube tops or swimsuits. Shoes must be worn at all times. No gang "colors" or gang displays and no clothing with offensive pictures or writing.

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Facility Information and Useful Contact Information

Northwest Detention Center
1623 E J St
Tacoma WA 98421

Immigration and Customs Enforcement
253-779-6000 Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

Immigration Court
How to Make Deposits to the Detainee's Telephone Account
1-866-348-6231  or