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Greenville Co Jail Visitation Center

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Last Updated: March 29,2024

Visitation Hours

Greenville 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 864-467-2330, and ask for the "visiting room CO on duty" for more information, alerts, or rule changes.

General Visitation Information

Greenville County SC Detention Center - Visitation

The Greenville County Detention Center provides inmate visitation 7 days per week. Inmates are allowed to visit 2 times per week and visits are scheduled to occur in 30-minute intervals. Visits may be subject to Monitoring and Recording. Visitation types will vary based on the inmate’s housing assignment and may occur on a video monitor, via telephone receivers with visibility through glass barriers or through vented glass barriers. The following conditions apply for inmate visits:

  • Inmates are allowed up to three adults on their visitors list.
  • Inmates may update their visitation list once every 30 days.
  • Inmates are allowed two, 30-minute visits a week; a visit may include one adult and two minor children.
  • Visitors shall present a picture identification that must match the name on the inmate’s visitor’s list. Acceptable identification may include a driver's license, State ID Card, or other picture ID. A picture ID shall be surrendered and a visitors badge issued before the visitor is allowed into the facility. The badge shall be visible at all times while the visitor is inside the secure portion of the facility. When the visit is completed, the visitor shall return the visitor’s badge and their identification card shall be returned.
  • Employer or attorney visits do not count against the weekly visits of an inmate.
  • Visiting hours vary from housing location; if you are unsure which building the inmate is in, please contact 864.467.2330.
  • Leave all items, purses, bags, etc. in your vehicle or in the public lockers.
  • No cellular phone, cameras, purses, bags, tobacco products, lighters, flame producing devices, mace, chemical sprays, firearms, or weapons of any type are allowed in the facility.
  • All persons, bags, parcels are subject to search by Detention Staff.
  • Visitors must wear conservative clothing. Short-Shorts, miniskirts, bathing suits, halter tops, or other revealing clothing is prohibited and will prevent you from visiting.
  • All visitors are required to follow the instructions of the Detention Staff.
  • Providing or attempting to provide contraband, (as defined by SC Law #24-7-155), to an inmate is a felony and violators will be prosecuted.

Building One, Two and Four Visitation

  • Inmates housed in Building One, Two and Four, receive their scheduled visitation on a "First Come, First Serve" basis. The specific times shall be dictated by an inmate’s classification, status, housing area, and level of privileges, etc.
  • Only authorized visitors are allowed to schedule an appointment in person on the day of visiting. Visits may be scheduled every 30 minutes prior to the visitation time.
  • Visitors must check in with the Administrative Support Specialist at the respective building’s public lobby. Building Four visitors must report to the lobby of Building Two. You must be an approved visitor, have picture identification and the inmate has not already had two, 30-minute visits for the week. This applies to normal family-type visits; not to minister, employee, professional, special or other visits of this sort.

Building Four Visiting Hours

The Building Four Video Visitation Office, located in the Public Lobby of Building Two, is open from 8:00a.m. – 6:00p.m., 7 days a week. Visits will be available on a "First come, first serve" basis. Visits will commence upon your arrival at the facility without having to wait for a designated appointment time.

The following housing units are located in Building Four: SHU A-D, Unit 2A, Unit 2B, Unit 3A, Unit 3B, Unit 4A and Unit 4B.

Should the visitation booths in an inmate’s housing unit be occupied or if you arrive during a meal period, you will be asked to wait until a booth becomes available or the meal period in the housing has concluded. This wait shall never be longer than 30 minutes.

Restricted Hours for Attorneys, Bondsmen, Outside Agencies

Excluding court appearances, requests to sign out or to interview inmates shall not be honored during meal hours, which are:

  • Breakfast: 0530 - 0700 hours
  • Lunch: 1100 - 1230 hours
  • Supper: 1600 - 1730 hours

Excluding court appearances, requests to sign out or to interview inmates shall not be honored during institutional counts, recounts, or headcounts. Regular counts begin at:

  • 0700 hours
  • 1500 hours
  • 2200 hours

Professional Visitation

The following individuals may schedule professional visits with inmates at the Detention Center:

  1. Attorneys or Lawyers.
  2. Probation and parole agents.
  3. Law enforcement officers.
  4. Social service agencies, with the Jail Administrator's or designee's approval only.
  5. Any other professional requesting to interview inmates. Some may need approval from the Jail Administrator or designee prior to being allowed to visit.

Professional visits may be scheduled in person at the Detention Center, by telephone at (864) 467-2370 or via email at detprov@greenvillecounty.org. Normal business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Some exceptions may be made depending on circumstances. Attorney's needing to visit during restricted times, must contact the Professional Visitation Clerk 30 minutes prior to the restricted time and the inmate will be made available. Requests for visits during non-business hours may be made in advance through the Professional Visitation Clerk or by telephone at (864) 467-2300.

Minister Visits

  1. Ministers may visit with inmates during the normal operating hours of Reception Control, Main Control and Video Visitation Control, Monday through Sunday. These visits are non-contact visits and are dependent on available slots during the requested time.
  2. If the Building Two inmate visiting room is in use during these hours, Ministers may visit in the Building One main lobby visiting room. Ministers may also utilize the Building One main lobby visiting room when Video Visitation Control is fully occupied or closed.
  3. On the first minister visit, persons identifying themselves as Clergy must present a Clergy ID card or other documentation signifying clergy (i.e. Business Card, Church Bulletin, and/or Certificate of Ordination) if requesting to visit an inmate. The Clergy ID card or other documentation signifying clergy (i.e. Business Card, Church Bulletin, and/or Certificate of Ordination) shall be valid, and leave no doubt that the person presenting the documentation is from the Clergy. A pictured ID shall also be presented. Ministers are required to obtain an inmate visitor’s badge in exchange for a picture ID card to visit an inmate in Building One.
  4. Ministers should be allowed to visit for a reasonable time. However, their visits shall not conflict with other GCDC visiting policies, such as separation of adult and male and female inmates. The Watch Commander may approve a minister's visit at any other time in the event of an emergency involving death or life-threatening illness of an inmate's immediate family member.
  5. At the conclusion of a minister’s first visit, the Clergy must be given an Application for Ministerial Visitation Approval Form to be completed and returned to the Detention Center. Completed applications are to be given to the Support Services Sergeant or Lieutenant. Once an application is received, the minister will be notified of the approval/denial in writing within 10 days. An approved ministers list will be maintained in Reception Control for reference. All approved ministers will only need to present their picture ID to receive future visits.
  6. Ministers that are relatives of inmates will be allowed only one minister visit. Following this visit, the inmate will be required to place the relative on their regular visitation list to receive additional visits.

Can I visit an inmate who is housed in the Special Housing Unit (SHU)? When an inmate is housed in the Special Housing Unit for disciplinary reasons some activities are suspended. The inmate will be eligible for visitation on the 7th day after he was received in the Special Housing Unit.

Visiting Inmates at Greenville 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 Greenville 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 Greenville Sheriffs Department. The on-duty supervisor may cancel visits without notice due to circumstances within the jail.

Visitation Rules

County - Rules by type

The Greenville County SC Detention Center, located in Greenville, 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.