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Chester Co Jail Visitation Center

County Jail

Last Updated: March 29,2024

Visitation Hours

Chester Co Jail - Visitation

Times and days are subject to change without notice

  • Monday 8:30 am - 4 pm
  • Thursday 9 am - 4 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 3:30 pm
  • Sunday 10 am - 3:30 pm

This facility may also have a video visitation option, please call 803-581-2602, and ask for the "visiting room CO on duty" for more information, alerts, or rule changes.

General Visitation Information

Chester County SC Detention Center - Visitation

Visitors are required to have valid identification. Accepted forms of identification are valid driver’s license, State issued ID card, passport, and Military ID card. Children under the age of 17 will not visit unless accompanied by an adult. No adult may sign in a person under 17 and leave the facility. This office is not and will not be responsible for any person under the age of 17. Articles such as handbags, briefcases; etc will not be permitted to enter the facility. No cell phones are permitted in the building. Attorneys and Clergy are required to have Bar/Clergy cards as well as another valid form of ID. Attorneys will be allowed to bring in their briefcases however; they are also subject to search.

All Inmates (with the exception of State Inmates) must be incarcerated for a period of 7 days prior to being granted visitation. After the 7 day period, visitation depends on the classification of the Inmate. Below is a visitation schedule based on (basic) classification.

Pre-trial visitation is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm or 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm for the general population. Monday night from 7:30 to 8:30 is pre-trial female visit. Monday night from 8:30 to 9:30 is Administrative Segregation visit. Pre-trial inmates may have 3 visitors from an approved list of 7 during any period of visitation. Only 1 visitor at a time can be in the visitation room. The other 2 visitors must remain in the lobby.
Sentenced (other than State) Visitation is held on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for inmates whose last name begins with the letter A-L. Inmates with last names starting with letters M- Z will have visitation on Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Sentenced (other than State) inmates may have 3 visitors from an approved list of 7 during any visitation period.
State Inmates Visitation is held Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. State Inmates number of visitors is not limited. However, the number of visitors may be limited by shift supervisor if deemed necessary to maintain the security of the facility
FORMER INMATE VISITATION PROCEDURE - Former inmates of the Chester County Detention Center or Prison Camp who have been charged with felonies or any drug charges*, will not be granted visitation privileges for 60 days. After 60 days visitation will be granted to those individuals described consistent with normal visitation policies. Former inmates of the Chester County Detention Center or Prison Camp with Charges other than felonies or drug charges* will be allowed to visit consistent with normal visitation policies.
Note* Drug charges include possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession and possession with intent to distribute.
Professional Clergy- may request a visit by appointment through administration. The must possess verifiable clergy credentials from their ecclesiastical organization, along with a picture ID. (State issued DL or ID). Visitation is granted one time* for anyone inmate unless circumstances require additional visits. Cases will be considered individually.
Attorney Visit- Attorney visits are held whenever they are requested and do not interfere with the day to day operation or threaten the safety and security of the facility in any manner.
Special Visits- a special visit may be requested when a family member is going to be available for a specific period of time but is not usually able to visit i.e. Military leave, College, Holiday vacation, or when someone lives 50 miles or more from the facility. This visit must be approved through administration.
*Selected clergy visits the inmate population on a weekly basis

  • Shirts and shoes are mandatory. Clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh (e.g., exposing chest, back, thighs or midsections) is prohibited.
  • Halter tops wife beaters sleeveless shirts
  • Tank tops fishnet material see-through fabric
  • Shorts cannot be more than three inches above the knee articles of clothing with profane pictures/ words
  • Skirts cannot be more than three inches above the knee clothes that excessively accent the body (spandex,
  • Skirts with slits/the slit cannot be more than three tights, leggings, tank tops, etc...) inches above the knee

Visiting Inmates at Chester County SC Detention Center

All Visitors are subject to search once inside the facility.

The public may visit no more than one time per week, Monday through Saturday at this Chester SC location. Visitors must sign inat least 15 minutes before their scheduled visits. If you schedule a visit and don't show up or show up late, you will not be allowed to visit the rest of that week, including Saturday. If a visit on Saturday is scheduled, and the visitor does not show up or shows up late, they will not be allowed to visit until the following Saturday. Repeated late arrival or no-show violations may result in longer suspension of visiting privileges. Inmates are allowed no more than one (1) visit per day. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, unless they are visiting a parent. Unaccompanied minors (under age 18) visiting a parent must present a copy of their birth certificate. Children must remain with the parent at all times during the visit. All visitors must have acceptable identification. This includes a drivers license with picture identification, military ID, or other verifiable picture ID. Three (3) pieces of non-picture ID may substitute for picture ID.

No mail or messages for inmates will be accepted. Mail must go through the U.S. Mail. Visitors may only visit the inmate they have signed up to visit. Any visitor who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to visit. Inappropriate behavior, including the use of profanity, will not be permitted. No weapons will be permitted. All other items listed in the jail lobby are prohibited. There is a maximum of four (4) visitors per booth, including children, and the door must remain closed.

All visitors must wear appropriate clothing, including shoes and shirts. Restrictions on attire or appearance include: No miniskirts or similar attire; no low-cut or revealing necklines; no attire with obscene or offensive language; and no persons with a bare midriff will be permitted to visit. Visitors cannot bring items into the visiting area including weapons of any kind, purses, handbags, backpacks, diaper bags, food, drink, gum, baby bottles, pictures, books, toys, writing utensils, strollers or carriers, cell phones, cameras, or any other electronic devices.

Violation of the above restrictions may cause the visit to be cancelled or terminated, and visiting privileges may be suspended by the Chester Sheriffs Department. The on-duty supervisor may cancel visits without notice due to circumstances within the jail.

Visitation Rules

County - Rules by type

The Chester County SC Detention Center, located in Chester, SC, plays a crucial role in facilitating successful offender reintegration into the community, a cornerstone of effective crime control strategies. With a focus on rehabilitation and community engagement, the center aims to support individuals as they transition from incarceration back into society. However, this process is governed by a multitude of rules and regulations that visitors must adhere to, ensuring the safety and security of all involved parties.

Visitors to the prison must navigate a complex set of guidelines regarding identification, conduct, and the items they can bring during visits. These rules are in place to maintain order within the facility and to protect both visitors and inmates. For example, visitors are required to present proper forms of identification upon arrival, such as a driver's license or government-issued ID card. This helps to verify their identity and ensure that they are authorized to visit the inmate.

Furthermore, visitors must adhere to strict rules regarding their conduct while inside the facility. Disruptive behavior, the use of loud or obscene language, or engaging in any form of sexual behavior can result in the termination of the visit and may lead to further consequences. Additionally, visitors are prohibited from bringing certain items into the visiting room, including cell phones, cameras, and weapons. These restrictions help to maintain the safety and security of the facility and prevent any unauthorized items from entering the prison.

In addition to these general rules, there are specific guidelines that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with children must ensure that they are supervised at all times and that they do not engage in any inappropriate behavior while inside the facility. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Another important aspect of visiting a prison is understanding the limitations and restrictions that may apply to certain individuals. For example, individuals who have previously been incarcerated, are currently under probation or parole supervision, or are victims of the inmate are typically not permitted to visit. Likewise, individuals who have had their visiting privileges suspended or who have an active protection from abuse (PFA) order against them are also prohibited from visiting the inmate.

Despite these restrictions, there are procedures in place for individuals who wish to visit an inmate but are not permitted under normal circumstances. Inmates can initiate a request to have a prohibited visitor added to their visiting list, and a recommendation from the inmate's unit team may allow the visitor to be approved by the facility manager or designee. However, reinstatement of visiting privileges is not guaranteed, and individuals whose visiting privileges have been suspended must write to the appropriate facility manager seeking reinstatement.

Upon arrival at the prison, visitors are subject to a thorough screening process to ensure that they do not bring any contraband into the facility. This includes a search of their person, their belongings, and their vehicle. Visitors must also pass through a metal detector and may be subject to additional screening measures, such as drug screenings conducted by dogs or special devices. Failure to pass these screenings can result in the denial of the visit and may lead to further consequences.

Once inside the visiting room, visitors must continue to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the prison. This includes refraining from conversing with other inmates or their guests, as well as following any specific instructions given by the visiting room officers. Visitors are also responsible for keeping control of their children and ensuring that they do not engage in any disruptive behavior.

In addition to these general guidelines, there are specific rules that visitors must follow depending on their circumstances. For example, visitors with infants must adhere to guidelines regarding the types and amounts of baby items they can bring into the visiting room. Likewise, visitors who require medication during their visit must inform the visiting room officer upon arrival and follow the appropriate procedures to ensure that their medication is properly stored and administered.

Overall, visiting a prison requires careful adherence to a complex set of rules and regulations designed to maintain order and security within the facility. By understanding and following these guidelines, visitors can help to ensure a safe and positive experience for themselves, the inmates, and the staff.