Eloy Detention Center

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Eloy Detention Center
Location1705 E Hanna Road
Eloy, Arizona
Security classminimum & medium
Managed byCoreCivic

The Eloy Detention Center is a private prison located in Eloy, Pinal County, Arizona, owned and operated by CoreCivic, formerly the Corrections Corporation of America, under contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).[1][2]


The facility opened in 1994 and approximately 1,550 male and female individuals being held for immigration violations at a mix of minimum and medium security levels. Each individual costs approximately $180 per day to house.[3] Eloy is adjacent to three other prisons also run by CoreCivic: the Red Rock Correctional Center, the La Palma Correctional Facility, and the Saguaro Correctional Center.

After the Trump administration's controversial zero-tolerance family separation policy in 2018, the facility housed roughly 300 mothers separated from their children.[4]


ICE's internal Office of Detention Oversight investigated the death of Eloy detainee Manuel Cota-Domingo in 2012, and found serious issues with the quality of medical care provided by CCA.[5] The facility had 15 detainee deaths between 2003 and late 2016, including five suicides.[6] Since 2003, Eloy alone represented 9% of the total inmate deaths in all 250 detention facilities in the United States.[7][8]

As a result passing all inspections despite the facility's high suicide rate, the National Immigrant Justice Center found ICE and the Obama Administration of being complicit in hiding maltreatment at the center in a 2015 report. Also in 2015, U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva toured the facility, calling it "the deadliest immigration detention center in the U.S." In late July 2015 he called for an independent investigation into the most recent suicide.[9][7]

Notable detainees[edit]

Year of detention listed in parentheses:


  1. ^ "Eloy Detention Center". Corrections Corporation of America. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Eloy Detention Center". U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ Montoya, Nancy. "Report Raises Red Flags Over Treatment of Immigrant Detainees". news.azpm.org. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  4. ^ "Reunited or deported? Mother in ICE detention faces the inevitable". azcentral. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  5. ^ Predergast, Curt (7 July 2016). "Medical care in Eloy detention center criticized". Tucson.com. Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  6. ^ Guatemalan Detainee Dies In ICE Custody In Arizona. The Huffington Post. November 29, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Daniel Gonzalez, Megan Jula (29 July 2015). "Eloy Detention Center: Why so many suicides?". Arizona Republic / azcentral.com. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Another death at Eloy migrant-detention center". azcentral. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  9. ^ Star, Perla Trevizo Arizona Daily. "Report: ICE complicit in hiding maltreatment at Eloy center". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-12-14.

Coordinates: 32°49′04″N 111°31′13″W / 32.817763°N 111.520187°W / 32.817763; -111.520187