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What are South Carolina Inmate Records?

South Carolina inmate records are documents that contain official data on offenders detained or incarcerated in county jails and state prisons across the state. The information from these public records typically includes general information such as the inmate's name, registration number, and birth date. Inmate records may also include details, such as the offense information, incarceration status as well as the location of the facility of incarceration. Members of the public have access to these records per the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.

Inmate records are considered public in the United States and therefore are made available by both traditional governmental agencies as well as third-party websites and organizations. Third-party websites may offer an easier search, as these services do not face geographical limitations. However, because third-party sites are not government-sponsored, the information obtained through them may vary from official channels. To find inmate records using third-party aggregate sites, requesting parties must provide:

  • The location of the sought-after record, including state, county, and city where the inmate resides.
  • The name of the person listed in the record, unless it is a juvenile.

Facilities Operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is tasked with the oversight of 21,000 inmates spread across 21 correctional facilities. The list below is a directory of the physical addresses and contact information of these facilities, along with the security level.

Livesay Correctional Institution (L1)
104 Broadcast Drive
P.O. Box 580
Una, SC 29378
Phone: (803) 734-1375

Allendale Correctional Institution (L2)
1057 Revolutionary Trail
P.O. Box 1151
Fairfax, SC 29827
Phone: (803) 632-2561

MacDougall Correctional Institution (L2)
1516 Old Gilliard Road
Ridgeville, SC 29472
Phone: (843) 688-5251

Broad River Correctional Institution (L3)
4460 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-2234

Manning Reentry/Work Release Center (L1-B)
502 Beckman Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 935-6000

Evans Correctional Institution (L2)
610 Highway 9 West
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Phone: (843) 479-4181

McCormick Correctional Institution (L3)
386 Redemption Way
McCormick, SC 29899
Phone: (864) 443-2114

Goodman Correctional Institution (L1-B)
4556 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-8565

Palmer Pre-Release Center (L1-A)
2012 Pisgah Road
Florence, SC 29501
Phone: (843) 661-4770

Graham (Camille Griffin) Correctional Institution (Women L2)
4450 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-8590

Perry Correctional Institution (L3)
430 Oaklawn Road
Pelzer, SC 29669
Phone: (864) 243-4700

Kershaw Correctional Institution (L2)
4848 Goldmine Hwy
Kershaw, SC 29067
Phone: (803) 896-3300

Ridgeland Correctional Institution (L2)
5 Correctional Road
P.O. Box 2039
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: (803) 896-3200

Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center (L3)
4344 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-1521

Trenton Correctional Institution (L2)
84 Greenhouse Road
Trenton, SC 29847
Phone: (803) 896-3000

Leath Correctional Institution
2809 Airport Road
Greenwood, SC 29649
Phone: (803) 896-1000

Turbeville Correctional Institution (L2)
1578 Clarence Coker Highway
Turbeville, SC 29162
Phone: (843) 659-4800

Lee Correctional Institution (L3)
990 Wisacky Highway
Bishopville, SC 29010
Phone: (803) 428-2800

Tyger River Correctional Institution (L2)
100-200 Prison Road
Enoree, SC 29335
Phone: (803) 896-3501

Lieber Correctional Institution (L3)
136 Wilborn Avenue
P.O. Box 205
Ridgeville, SC 29472
Phone: (843) 875-3332

Wateree River Correctional
Highway 261
Rembert, SC 29128
P.O. Box 189
Phone: (803) 432-6191

How to Send Money to an Inmate in South Carolina Prison and Jail

According to the SCDC, all transactions between inmates and relatives must be cashless and sent to the inmate's unique Cooper Trust Fund account. Inmates that are found in possession of cash may face disciplinary punishment from the state agency. Also, the department does not allow family members of inmates to send credit, debit, or Green dot cards to inmates.

Relatives and friends of inmates can send money into the Trust Fund account through GTL financial services. The private financial vendor accepts online, in-person, mail, or call-in deposits. To send money, the individual must create an account on GTL's ConnectNetwork.

Another way to send money to an inmate in South Carolina is by phone deposit by calling (888) 988-4768. Depositors must follow the voice prompts to complete the transaction successfully. Depositors can also deposit into an inmate's Trust Fund account in person at a retail location. To do this, the individual must create a PaySlip on ConnectNetwork by choosing "Walk-In Retail (Pay in Cash)." Then, the sender must bring the money and payslip to the nearest retail location.

Inmates in the SC Department of Corrections can also receive money into their Trust Fund through money orders mailed by their relatives. To mail a money order, a depositor should download, complete, and send a deposit slip to:

GTL Financial Services
10005 Technology Blvd West
Suite 130
Dallas TX 75220

Generally, money orders made payable to GTL are available after three working days. Depositors should not mail money orders to SCDC or a state prison as such transactions will not be successful. Keep in mind that all transactions except money orders often incur additional charges. The charges for online and phone deposits vary between $4 and $11, depending on the amount sent. Additional fees for in-person deposits are fixed at $4.95.

The process of sending money to inmates in state prisons is different from county jails. While some county jails use GTL's ConnectNetwork like the SCDC, others offer various vendors to deposit money for inmates online. Individuals should contact the local county jail or look up the website to find information on how to send money to prisoners in detention centers.

How to Visit an Inmate in South Carolina Prison and Jail

The SC Department of Corrections allows individuals the privilege to visit inmates in state prisons. The department also provides visiting rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of both the visiting parties and inmates.

Generally, a good rule of thumb is to use a prison lookup tool to confirm the facility of incarceration using the inmate's name or SCDC identification number. Next, the visitor must obtain visiting application forms from inmates who they want to see. Inmates generally receive these forms upon incarceration and are advised to mail them out to persons they want to receive as visitors. Persons who receive these forms must complete and mail the application to:

Division of Visitation and Inmate Drug Testing
P.O. Box 212969
Columbia, SC 29221-2969
Phone: (803) 896-1838

The Division of Visitation processes all applications and then provides inmates with the updated visiting list once a week. Only approved visitors can use the GTL scheduling tool to schedule a visit. Family and relatives visiting inmates must bring along a valid picture identification. Besides visiting in person, remote video visitations are also allowed in South Carolina prisons.

Meanwhile, visiting a state prison is different from county jail, as both facilities are under different jurisdictions. Local jails in South Carolina are under the supervision of county sheriffs or police department heads. So, each jail or detention center has a different visitation rule from the other, but the ID and dress code requirements remain the same.

How to Perform a South Carolina Prison Inmate Search

Inmate search in South Carolina is available to the public online or over the phone. Interested persons can find information on a person in prison by using the inmate lookup tool. This tool is searchable with the inmate's full name or SCDC number. Alternatively, the individual may use the phonetic match option or call (866) 727-2846.

How to Perform a South Carolina County Jail Inmate Search

County jails are facilities where persons sentenced to less than one year serve time. In South Carolina, each municipal jail maintains a jail roster or inmate list that is accessible to the public. Often, parties can perform a free inmate search by name or identification number. Where this online information is unavailable, the individual may visit the jail in person or call the sheriff's department to find a person in jail.

The Difference between South Carolina State Prisons and County Jail

South Carolina's state prisons and county jails are operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). The SCDC is responsible for the custody and care of inmates in all state prisons and county jails.

The SCDC operates 21 state prisons and 50 jails across South Carolina. These facilities house a total of more than 20,000 inmates. In addition to these state-operated facilities, there are also 9 privately-operated prisons in South Carolina that house nearly 5,000 inmates.

The vast majority of inmates in South Carolina are housed in county jails. There are 50 county jails across the state, which collectively house more than 13,000 inmates. Inmates in South Carolina have access to a variety of programs and services designed to help them successfully reintegrate into society upon their release. These programs include education, job training, substance abuse treatment, and more.

How to Find an Inmate Release Date

Inmate records typically contain an inmate's release date unless this information is private for safety reasons. In such cases, only the inmate's immediate family members, crime victims, attorneys, and authorized criminal justice officials, will have access to the exact release date. At best, the public can only know the month and year of release.

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  • There were over 1,240,000 reported violent crimes in the United States in 2017.
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  • Around 73 million (29.5%) of Americans have criminal records, many of which are eligible for sealing or expungement.
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