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Visitation at all South Carolina Department of Corrections facilities is currently suspended through May 31 and will be reassessed to determine if an extension is needed. If visitation needs to be extended for the protection of inmates and staff because of the public health emergency, SCDC will communicate it to inmates and their families.
Sunday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Federal Holidays 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
No cellphones, you will be searched before visiting. NO personal belongings. Persons under probation, parole, or other community corrections supervision must obtain the permission of both their individual supervising officer and the superintendent prior to a visit. Such visitation is not normally approved.
If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is a family member of the inmate, they must be accompanied by an adult family member or guardian to include a member of the inmate's extended family. If the visitor is under the age of 18 and is not a family member of the inmate, the minor visitor must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Visitation is an important component of the rehabilitation process and is conducted in the least restrictive manner possible while meeting requirements of safety, security, classification, and space availability.
NEW ADDRESS TO MAIL ALL APPLICATIONS: The Division of Visitation and Inmate Drug Testing (Visitation) processes applications for visiting privileges. The address where applications are originally to be mailed has been updated to: Division of Visitation and I/M DT, P. O. Box 212969, Columbia, South Carolina, 29221. The Agencys Visitation Inquiry Line may be reached at 803-896-1838. For questions regarding the visitation application process, press #1; for up-to-date information about prisons that have canceled visitation because of security concerns, press #2. Then, you should leave a message with a valid phone number and staff will return your call within 24-48 business hours.
Each inmate in the S. C. Department of Corrections is allowed to have a maximum of fifteen (15) approved visitors on his/her visiting list. Each inmate is provided with Request for Visiting Privileges forms (SCDC Form 19-127) to send to his/her prospective visitors. The only way for an individual to receive a visiting privileges form isfrom the inmatewho wants them to visit. These forms are provided to each inmate upon arrival in the Department of Corrections Reception and Evaluation Center and are available to inmates in all institutions throughout the state. Every individual must complete this form and forward it to Visitation through the Central Visitation Center for processing. The form is reviewed by staff and the information is entered into the automated system. If the form is missing any required information, the form is returned to the sender for proper completion.
Once the application form has been properly completed, submitted, and approved, the individual is added to the inmates visiting list. An inmate is provided a copy of his approved visiting list once a weekif a changeis made during that week.IT IS THE INMATES RESPONSIBILITY TO ADVISE HIS/HER VISITOR(S) OF THEIR APPROVAL.
Minor children that are on the APPROVED visiting list must be accompanied by an adult and will be allowed to visit only if they are the inmates brothers and sisters, the inmates children (natural or legally adopted), the inmates stepchildren, grandchildren, or step grandchildren. When an individual arrives at an institution to visit, everyone age 10 and older must present a public safety picture identification. Those under age 10 must show a copy of their long-form birth certificate. Certain criteria must be met before an inmate who wishes to have minor niece/nephew(s) visit. This information is available to the inmates at their institution, but first and foremost the inmate must be incarcerated at least three consecutive years.
Upon arriving at the institution, the visitor must state the name and SCDC number of the inmate they wish to visit. This information is entered into the automated system and if the individual is listed on the inmates approved visiting list, a visitors pass will be generated for the individual. [Inmates may only have one visit per day; therefore,all visitors must be together.]
Inmates are not allowed to have visitors during the reception and evaluation process unless they remain in the Reception and Evaluation Center longer than thirty (30) days and the visitor is on the approved visiting list. After thirty (30) days only an inmates parents, grandparents, spouse, and/or children are eligible to visit at R&E. In order to schedule a visit at R&E on the approved list after 30 days, contact 896-2000 between the hours of 8:00-12:00 on Mondays and TuesdaysONLY.
The institution where the inmate is housed should be contacted directly concerning the visiting days and times appropriate to that facility. Addresses and telephone numbers for all institutions are provided in theprison facility searchsection of this web site.
SC DOC - Rules by Type - FAQ
1. How do I apply for visiting privileges?
2. How will I be notified if I am approved to visit?
The inmate is responsible for notifying visitors once they have been approved. (NOTE: Any subsequent change to the information on your original application (address, name, phone number, etc.) must be submitted in writing to Visitation in order to be updated or the visiting privileges may be revoked. Disapproved applicants will be notified by the Division Director, Visitation and Inmate Drug Testing
3. Why would I be denied visiting privileges?
You may be denied visiting privileges for any of the following reasons:
**Immediate Family refers to an inmate's mother, father, children (to include adopted), sister, brother, grandmothers, grandfathers, great-grandmothers, great-grandfathers, step grandparents, wife, husband, common-law spouse, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, stepbrothers, stepsisters, stepparents, foster parents, stepchildren, step grandchildren, half-brothers, half-sisters. Any family member maybe required to verify relationship with certified documenation.
4. If I am approved, when and how often can I visit?
The number of visits that an inmate may receive each month is based on the inmate's security and custody level and may be further restricted by programming or by the inmate's behavior. The inmate will provide you with information about his or her visitation schedule, based on where he/she is housed.
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5. Can children visit?
Yes, children can visit but only those specified below. The only minors who will be considered for inclusion on an inmate's approved visiting list are the inmate's brothers and sisters, the inmate's children (to include adopted), stepchildren, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-grandchildren; as shown on the inmate's relative list which will be verified by certified long-form birth certificates (Attach a copy to application). A parent or legal guardian must assist the child in completing the "Request for Visiting Privileges." A parent or legal guardian must sign this form, and a parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult must accompany the child during the entire visit.
Nieces and nephews who are minors may be considered to visit, however, there are specific conditions which the inmate must meet in order to receive visits from nieces and nephews. Only the nieces and nephews of those inmates who meet ALL of the criteria listed below will be considered for addition to the respective visiting list:
In addition, if any authorized adult, other than the parent or legal guardian, is to accompany a child who is on the inmate's approved list to visit an inmate, the parent or legal guardian must complete Form 19-118, "Authorization for Adult Supervision of a Minor," and have the form notarized by a Notary Public. The custodial parent or legal guardian must request this form through the Division of Visitation and Inmate Drug Testing. The Form 19-118 must be brought to the institution by the authorized adult and provided to the officer assigned to the entrance of the institution each time the child and authorized adult visit in order to be allowed admission into the institution.
6. How many people can visit an inmate at one time?
The number of visitors allowed may be limited because of the size of the visiting room, or for safety and security reasons. All approved visitors desiring to visit with the same inmate on the same day must enter the institution at the same time in order to visit with the inmate (but may depart at different times). In addition, the number of visitors for inmates in higher security levels, infirmaries, or community hospitals will be limited for security reasons. If you have questions about how many visitors will be allowed, you should call the respective institution.
7. What is the dress code for visiting?
The following requirements for visitors apply to all institutions and will be strictly enforced: (Should any Officer or SCDC employee have any doubt as to whether a visitor is appropriately dressed, s/he will contact the Duty Warden (or designee if the Duty Warden is not present in the institution) who will come to the entrance area and make the final decision.)
Should a decision be made that a visitor is inappropriately dressed, the visitor will be denied admission to the institution.
8. What items am I allowed to carry into the institution?
Visitors will be permitted to bring into any institution only the items listed below: (Any item not included in the following list, or any authorized item in excess of approved amounts [e.g., cash], will be considered as "unauthorized items" and will not be permitted to be brought into any institution by any visitor.)
Authorized Items Permitted by VisitorsITEM AMOUNT Small wallet or change purse One (1) (Clear plastic only) Cash Cash can no longer be brought into any institution.
NOTE: Beepers/pagers are not allowed into the institution unless they are required due to medical/ professional reasons. If the visitor has been approved to take in a beeper/pager, it will be thoroughly inspected prior to the visitor entering the institution.
In order to ensure that all visitors are aware of state laws governing contraband, Section 24-3-950 of the South Carolina Code of Laws (Contraband Law), as amended, will be posted in a conspicuous place at the entrance of each institution so that all visitors may read it prior to entering.
9. What are the rules for visiting?
Except as otherwise noted, visitors are prohibited from engaging in the following activities. Any violation of the following rules of conduct may result in the immediate termination of a visit or further visitation suspension.
10. Will my visiting privileges be suspended if I break a rule?
11. Who can I call if I have additional questions?
If you have questions about the inmate's visiting days or times or institution, you should call the respective institution where the inmate is housed. The inmate should provide you with the telephone number for the institution and your call will be directed to an employee who can assist you. Find Institution Information
If you do not understand how to complete the "Request for Visiting Privileges" you can call the Visitation Inquiry Line at 803-896-1838 and leave a message. Your call will be returned in 24-72 hours.
SC DOC - Rules by Security
The South Carolina Department of Corrections is committed to encouraging relationships between inmates, their family members, and their friends. We strongly feel that visitation is an important part of each inmate's rehabilitation. At the same time, the Department must provide for the safety and security of each facility, staff, and inmates, and most importantly, the safety of other visitors, the public, and you.
NOTICE TO VISITORS AND INMATES
Based on security concerns, all personal devices that communicate wirelessly, including activity fitness trackers and smart watches, are prohibited from being brought into SCDC institutionseffective February 1, 2016. The devices have the capability to communicate with other devices over a wireless transmission protocol such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular.
Effective September 4, 2015, in a continuing effort to improve the safety and security of our institutions for staff, inmates, and visitors, all visitors age 18 and older entering Level II and Level III institutions will be required to submit to a pat/frisk search in addition to the existing search procedures. Female visitors will be searched by female employees only. Male visitors may be searched by employees of either gender. This practice is consistent with several other state correctional agencies and with our current practices for employees, vendors, and volunteers.
Visitors age 17 and under will not be pat/frisk searched as a routine practice. However, our policy has been and will continue to provide for such a search due to an alert from a drug dog, metal detector, or handheld electronic frisker. A pat/frisk search of a visitor age 17 and under will require approval of the Warden/Designee and the written consent of the parent, legal guardian, or authorized adult, and will be conducted by an employee of the same gender as the visitor.
Visitors retain the option of refusing to be searched, unless there is reason to detain and arrest. Any visitor who refuses to be questioned, who refuses to consent to be searched, or who refuses to allow a minor to be questioned or searched will be subject to a suspension of visiting privileges as outlined in SCDC policy governing inmate visitation.
Effective January 1, 2008, the South Carolina Department of Corrections is a tobacco free environment. Tobacco, tobacco related products, paraphernalia or lighting devices are not allowed in any buildings, or on any property belonging to the Agency. Tobacco products and/or associated paraphernalia shall be secured in personal vehicles and will be considered contraband within all Agency buildings and institutions.