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INMATE INFORMATION

In addition to providing law enforcement services to citizens in Lexington County, the Sheriff’s Department manages and operates the Lexington County Detention Center, which serves as the primary jail or detention facility in Lexington County. It is the mission of the Lexington County Detention Center to provide professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County. To help accomplish this mission, rules have been established regarding inmate visitation and contact. If you plan to visit an inmate at the Detention Center, please read the following information carefully in order to help expedite the visitation process and ensure that no rules are violated.

Visitation

If you wish to visit an inmate, your name must be listed on the inmate’s approved visitation list, and you must be prepared to present proper student, state or government photo identification (including children) at the time of your visit.

Citizens now can schedule visits with all inmates at the Detention Center by visiting https://securustech.net/. You can choose to visit on-site at the Detention Center or schedule a visit from the convenience of your own home, using the video visitation system.

Please be aware that an inmate can refuse to see any visitor. In some housing locations, the inmate can schedule a visit, and the inmate then is responsible for informing visitors about the scheduled time for the visit.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time for your visit in order to be registered in a timely manner! If you arrive at the exact time of your visit, please be prepared to wait as there are limited visitation spaces and processing requires time. Only two adults will be allowed to visit an inmate at one time, and children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit. Any child who is between the ages of 12 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult and must remain under the adult’s supervision at all times. Special visits are not allowed without prior approval from the Detention Bureau Director. Children who are age 11 and younger can visit with an inmate from their home, using the video visitation system.

Visitors must wear proper attire that conforms to reasonable standards. Short shorts, short skirts, bathing suits and tank tops or excessively tight or revealing clothing is considered to be inappropriate attire. Shoes and shirts are required. The Visitation Officer has the authority to deny a visit with an inmate if the visitor is wearing inappropriate attire. Smoking is not permitted inside the Detention Center and visitation area. In addition, food, beverages and cell phones are not permitted in the visitation area.

Visitors can be denied visitation privileges for any of the following reasons:

  • The visitor is not on the inmate’s approved visitation list.
  • The visitor violates Detention Center rules.
  • The visitor exhibits disruptive conduct or behavior.
  • The visitor is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • There is insufficient space for visitation.
  • Visitation would place the visitor’s health at risk.
  • The visit would pose a reasonable threat to the safety or security of other inmates, employees or the community.
  • Former inmates must wait six months after their release from the Detention Center in order to be eligible to visit another inmate who currently is being housed at the facility.

Inmates who currently are on disciplinary confinement status are only permitted remote visitation on Wednesdays and Fridays, between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Inmate Worker Visitation
Visits with inmate workers are scheduled by the visitor either at the Detention Center at the visitation kiosks or online at https://securustech.net/.

Official Visitors
Official Visitors (attorneys) can visit an inmate any day of the week between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. However, official visitors cannot visit while inmates are being served meals, and they also cannot visit during formal security activities that occur daily between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Official visitors must present proper photo identification and professional identification prior to any visit.

Chaplains with the Detention Center Chaplain Corps visit inmates on a regular basis, providing religious services and spiritual guidance to inmates of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian faiths as well as to inmates of other world religions. Chaplains are permitted to visit inmates during normal visitation hours.

Property and Contraband
All visitors and their property are subject to being searched by Detention Center staff. Visitors who do not comply with a search request will not be allowed to visit an inmate. Visitors who attempt to bring contraband into the facility are subject to arrest. Food, beverages, personal property, money, drugs and weapons cannot be provided to inmates. The aforementioned items and other unauthorized items that are found on an inmate will be considered contraband, and the inmate can be charged with a crime and the inmate’s visitation privileges can be revoked.

Visitors can bring identification cards and keys into the visitation area. However, correctional officers can require that other personal property be placed in available lockers or returned to the visitor’s motor vehicle before officers allow the visitor to see an inmate. Purses, cell phones and recording devices are not allowed in the facility. Detention Center employees will not accept clothing or personal property for inmates and will not hold visitors’ property during visitation.

Mail
Mail is distributed to inmates every weekday, except holidays. Mail is not read or censored by Detention Center personnel. However, all incoming mail is opened and inspected for contraband in the presence of the inmate.

Inmates can receive only normal-sized cards or letters. Envelopes with clasps or padding will not be accepted. Packages also will not be accepted. Legal mail, such as mail from an attorney’s office, is exempt from these restrictions, but legal mail can be inspected for contraband.

Mailing Address for Inmates:
Inmate’s name, housing location and inmate number
Lexington County Detention Center
P.O. Box 2019
Lexington, SC 29071-2019

Telephone Calls
Inmates cannot receive telephone calls or messages. However, inmates can make collect telephone calls outside the Detention Center as long as the person who is called agrees to pay the charges for the telephone call. Except for actual and verifiable emergencies, such as a death or medical emergency of an immediate family member, messages for an inmate are not accepted and will not be given to the inmate. In case of an emergency, please contact the Detention Center shift supervisor at (803) 785-2743.

Financial Matters
Inmates can keep money in an account in order to buy canteen items, such as snack foods, writing paper, stamped envelopes, toiletries and undergarments. Inmates cannot possess cash. Money for an inmate can be deposited into the inmate’s account by mail (money orders only), online or at one of the kiosks in the front lobby at the Detention Center, where kiosks are available on weekdays (except for holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Deposits are limited to $140 per day.

In order to make deposits to an inmate’s account online, please follow the link: INMATE DEPOSITS

Mailing Address for Inmates:
Inmate’s name, housing location and inmate number
Lexington County Detention Center
P.O. Box 2019
Lexington, SC 29071-2019

Medical Care
Medical care is provided to inmates on a 24-hour basis by medical personnel who work for a company that contracts with Lexington County to provide medical services at the Detention Center. A physician regularly sees inmates at the facility, and inmates are transported to appropriate health care facilities in the case of a medical emergency. Medical personnel administer medication as prescribed by the physician at the facility.

In addition to standard medical care, limited dental services are available.

For mental health issues, a caseworker is available seven-days-a-week to assess inmates. A caseworker also is on-call after hours in order to assist with any emergency situation. If you think that any inmate is depressed, suicidal or mentally unstable, please immediately contact a Detention Center shift supervisor at (803) 785-2743.

INMATE INFORMATION


 
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