Inmate Rules and Procedures

Inmate Handbook

During the classification process, an officer will personally interview each inmate booked into the facility. As part of this process, the inmate will be provided with an orientation to the facility, what he is permitted to have and what is expected of him. As part of this orientation, he will be provided with an Inmate Handbook, which will contain all the rules and regulations of the facility and acquaint him with his rights, responsibilities and procedures which must be followed during his period of incarceration. The topics discussed below are covered in greater detail in the handbook.

Personal Property

Inmates are not allowed to retain most personal property while incarcerated. All money and valuables will be inventoried, tagged and stored until release. They are allowed one change of civilian clothing. Should family members desire to bring in court clothing, this must be coordinated with the property officer.


U.S.. Mail – Money may be sent to an inmate in custody at the Beaufort County Detention Center via U.S. Mail using money order or cashier check only. For more information about this option, please call 843-255-5179.

Online – You may also deposit money instantly via our online option by visiting You will then create an account and login. You will also provide the inmate’s name and the inmate’s name number (can be retrieved by calling us at 843-255-5208). For any issues using the online option, please contact McDaniel Supply Company at 912-427-9022.


Effective 8/19/2020 (Onsite/Offsite Remote Visitation)

Alpha 1 Bottom Tier (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
    • 1230-1530 and 2030-2330

Alpha 1 Bottom Tier (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
    • 0830-1130
Alpha 1 Top Tier (200 level) (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday)
    • 0830-1130
Alpha 1 Top Tier (200 level) (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)
    • 1230-1530 and 2030-2330
***Alpha 1 on Fridays***
  • The tiers will be on a rotating Top and Bottom Tier schedule. Example: if the Top Tier was out for early recreation (0830-1130) on Friday #1, the following Friday the Top Tier will be out for the late recreation (1230-1530, 2030-2330)

Alpha 2 / SH-A / SH-B / MH / IH / Bravo 1 / Bravo 2 / Charlie 1 / Pre-Class (if housed over 72 hours)

    • 0830-1130, 1230-1400 (1500 on Saturday and Sunday), 1630-1830, and 1930-2200 (2300 on Friday and Saturday
Bravo 3 (Rotating Top and Bottom Tier recreation)
    • 0830-1130 or 1230-1530. Rotates daily.Bravo 5 (Inmate Workers)
Bravo 4 and inmates on suicide watch will have no visitation due to security concerns
    • 0830-1130, 1230-1530, 1630-1830, 1930-2330, and 0030-0200

***There will be no number of visitor requirements on offsite visits. Onsite visits will be limited to 2 adults and 3 children. All adult visitors (18 years of age or older) must be registered on the ICSolutions website.

***Onsite visitation will follow the same schedule but will only be available from 0830-1530

***All visitations are subject to monitoring and is being recorded.

***Visitors that take pictures/videos of visits, display nudity, exhibit inappropriate behavior, or is not authorized to visit may be disbarred from visitation indefinitely.

For more information, call 843-255-5182.



Inmates are encouraged to write to anyone, provided their letters do not in any way violate U.S.. Postal Service regulations. Inmates may receive unlimited mail. All incoming correspondence except privileged mail will be opened and inspected for contraband before delivery. All mail should be addressed as follows:

John Doe #________
Beaufort County Detention Center
Pod (Housing Unit) #____
P.O. Drawer 1228
Beaufort South Carolina 29901-1228


All mail must have a full return address. No oversized post or greeting cards, or perfumed letters will be accepted. No Polaroids at all or other photographs larger than 5" x 7" will be accepted. An inmate is only allowed to have a total of six photos. Books and magazines can be mailed in but ONLY directly from the publisher. NO packages are to be sent without prior approval, or they will not be accepted by the facility.

Food Service

Inmates are provided three nutritious meals per day. Requests for medical or religious diets will be investigated and provided if verified.

Medical Services

There is medical staff on duty daily. Inmates are provided physical exams including a TB test and other tests as medically indicated. The staff physician must validate all prescriptions brought in from outside the facility, prior to being dispensed. Inmates can request to see the medical staff as needed.

Program Services

There are number of programs available to the inmate population to provide constructive activity. These programs include:

Basic Education program, including GED preparation and testing, parenting skills, self-esteem classes, etc.
Law Library
Religious services, including clerical counseling, Bible study, etc.
Substance Abuse, including Alcoholics Anonymous, "Getting Back on Track" and individual counseling are available.
Inmate worker status: all sentenced inmates are required to perform various tasks at the facility. Pre-trial inmates may volunteer for assignments if there is a specific need identified.

Telephone Communications

Telephones are installed in each housing unit for inmate use. These are collect call service charge telephones. The phones are set up so the calls are automatically limited to 10 minutes. The company that operates the phone system will place a block to a specific number if the party called requests that calls be prevented from the Detention Center by pressing #9 on the phone during the acceptance phase of the call. This feature automatically blocks all calls from this facility. All phone calls are subject to recording and monitoring. To set up an account with the phone company call IC Solutions at 1-888-506-8407.

First Appearance Hearings

All inmates charged with a crime should be seen by a judge normally within 24 hours. At that hearing, the judicial officer will ensure that you are advised of your rights, set bond, and prepare an application for appointed counsel. In light of the new laws governing victims' rights, these hearings will not be held until there have been reasonable attempts to contact the victims, so they may be present if they so desire.