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The San Pedro Service Processing Center was constructed in 1938 and was used during World War II to house enemy aliens. The Western Regional Office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service was located here in 1955. In 1991 the building was renovated to become a Service Processing Center (SPC). This processing center formally opened in February 1991 with PHS as the medical provider for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.. 

The San Pedro SPC is a medium security facility that has 450 authorized beds. Approximately 25,000 adult males and females are processed annually with an average length of stay of 57 days. Neither families nor juveniles are housed at this facility. 

The 24-hour medical facility is accredited by the National Commission of Correctional Health Care and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization. It is staffed by Commissioned Corps Officers and contract staff. 

Located in the town of San Pedro, between the Palos Verdes peninsula and the city of Long Beach, the SPC is only 18 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. 

This location, near a metropolitan city, affords cultural diversity to the resident and the newcomer to the area. There are more than 45 different nationalities living and working together here.

San Pedro has a small-town atmosphere with quaint shops and multiple ethnic fairs. Long Beach is the home of the Toyota Grand Prix, the Queen Mary and California State University of Long Beach.

There is something for everyone in Southern California. A two and one half hour drive will take you to San Diego, Palm Springs, Big Bear Mountain, or beautiful Santa Barbara. A boat trip can take you 26 miles to lovely Catalina Island for either a day trip or a week end of fun where one can watch a beautiful sunset over the Pacific.

One can easily reach the cities of Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Anaheim. There are numerous theaters and art museums in Los Angeles as well as sports events. Universal City Walk is easily accessible as well as Disney Land.

Yes, there is truly something for everyone in Southern California.


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