York County Prison
If you are detained in or near York, Pennsylvania as a result of an immigration matter, there is a good chance you will be held at the same place your case will be heard. The York Immigration Court and York County Prison are located at the same geographic site and share facilities for expedited proceedings.
Important basic facts about the York County Prison complex include:
- Physical Address: 3400 Concord Road, York, PA 17402
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20370, York, PA 17402
- Prison Contact Number: (717) 840-7580
- Age Requirement: Visitors under the age of 16 will not be admitted to the prison without specifically scheduling a special visit
- Website: https://yorkcountypa.gov/courts-criminal-justice/prison.html
When you or a loved one has been detained, your head is no doubt filled with hundreds of questions. How can I get out of prison? When will I see my family? When will my court date be, and what will I need to do to prepare? Our immigration attorneys at The Law Office of Rosina C. Stambaugh have ample experience communicating with Pennsylvania’s various court and prison systems and are prepared to give you the answers you need. After reconnecting you with your loved one, we can prepare their deportation defense and explore means and identify legal solutions to help keep them in the United States.
How Can I Locate My Detained Loved One?
If you cannot contact your loved one and fear they have been detained, you should immediately utilize the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) detainee locator. You can use this tool to quickly locate what facility your loved one is being held in.
To expedite the process, you can use the detained individual’s A-number, the 7- or 9-digit identification assigned to the immigrant by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when they apply for status. You can also potentially locate your loved one with their name, birth date, and country of birth.
Once you have determined their location, contact the facility to see about visitation and communication rules. If you have not done so, consider speaking to a qualified immigration lawyer who can assist with reconnecting with the detained individual.
How to Pay a Bail Bond for a York Detainee
If a bond hearing has successfully resulted in your loved one being assigned a reasonable bond, you will need to undergo specific steps to pay the amount and secure their release. Bonds cannot be paid at the York Immigration Court or York County Prison.
Instead, the bond will need to be posted at the York Clerk of Courts office, which is located on the 1st floor of the York Judicial Center. The address for the Judicial Center is 45 North George Street, York, PA 17401. Alternatively, bail may be posted at the detainee’s Magisterial District Judge hearing.
Bail may be posted in-person at the Clerk of Courts office between the hours of 8:15AM and 4:00PM local time, 7 days a week, excluding holidays. Bail may not be posted on credit: Only cash or certified checks will be accepted. You may also facilitate payment through a certified bail bondsman, surety company, or bail agent.
Visitation Rules for Detainees at York County Prison
If you discover a loved one is presently detained at the York County Prison, you will likely want to visit them as soon as possible. The prison has specific rules for visitors, and in many circumstances, you will have to schedule your planned visit in advance. Dressed codes and limitations on items you can bring into the facility also apply. You will be subject to visiting hours published on the prison’s website.
Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person visitation at the York County Prison is currently suspended. As an alternative, the prison offers a video visitation system. You can register for the service online. You will need a working webcam, microphone, and sufficient internet speed; your loved one will be supplied with the necessary elements. Personal video visits cost $15 for a 0-30-minute session.
Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Immigration Courts
If you are not detained but are served with a Notice to Appear and are located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Delaware, there are reasonable odds you will at some point be appearing in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh Immigration Court.
Philadelphia Immigration Court:
- Physical Address: 900 Market Street, Suite 504, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Resides within the Robert Nix Federal Building and Courthouse)
- Hours: 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM, local time
- Contact Number: (215) 656-7000
- Website: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/philadelphia-pa
Pittsburgh Immigration Court:
- Physical Address: 3000 Sidney Street, 1st Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.
If you have additional questions about the York prison or court systems, or if you need immediate legal assistance with a loved one facing deportation, we encourage you to call (717) 921-4042 or contact us online.