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Queens Detention Facility

182-22 150th Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11413
Phone: (718) 553-5420
Fax: (718) 553-5426
Capacity: 222
Client: Office of the Federal Detention Trustee–U.S. Marshals Service
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA) National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)

BACKGROUND: Originally opened in March 1997, the Queens Detention Facility (QDF) housed detainees for the US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) until the contract was transferred to the Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT) in mid-2005. Upon the contract transfer, The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) began management and operation of the facility on behalf of the US Marshals Service (USMS) to house primarily pre-sentenced detainees.


SCOPE OF WORK: While under contract with ICE, GEO was responsible for providing secure care, custody, and control to those awaiting deportation procedures who have attempted to enter the country illegally. The same standards and performance continues in GEO’s housing of primarily pre-sentenced detainees for the USMS.


FACILITY DESCRIPTION: The facility is located in a one-story; with a mezzanine level; concrete and brick building of 59,358 sq. ft. with a maximum capacity The facility houses detainees in a multi-dormitory environment. Dayrooms in each of the secure dormitories provide additional “living” space for more normalized human interaction. Support areas include food service, medical, recreation complex, laundry, maintenance office/shop, employee locker and lounge facilities. Administrative functions for GEO and USMS are provided for in two adjacent areas. To meet the requirements of the OFDT/USMS, on July 15, 2005, a 30-day, $1.2 million security upgrade to the facility was completed. The upgrades included new state-of-the-art integrated touch screen security electronics, intercom, and CCTV system, enhanced detention doors and security locks, and the increase of security perimeter construction throughout the facility.


ACCREDITATION: This facility was awarded initial accreditation by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 1999. It was re-accredited in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014. The facility received accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) in July 2006.

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