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.

Money

Money can be sent in via the U.S. Mail, transferred by website (GovPayNow.com (pay location code 5500) or by Money Gram (Facility ID 73J OCA#)) call 843-255-5179 for more information), or personally via the Lobby Kiosk (credit card and cash). Lobby is open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, except Fridays when it closes at 6 p.m. Only cashier's checks or U.S. Postal Money Orders will be accepted for deposit by U.S. Mail.

Visitation

Family and friends are encouraged to visit. All inmates who have been incarcerated at least 72 hours, except those who have lost their visitation privileges via violation of institutional rules are allowed visitors. Each inmate is allowed one 30-minute visit per visiting period. A maximum of two adults and one infant may visit during that period. All visitors must provide an official picture ID.

The visitation schedule  are as follows:

  • Alpha 1:
    • On Monday, inmates on the top tier will have visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Inmates on the bottom tier will have visitation from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m..
    • On Tuesday, inmates on the bottom tier will have visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.. Inmates on the top tier will have visitation from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m..
  • Alpha 2, Bravo 1 (General Population and Max), Bravo 2 (Max), and Bravo 5:
    • Monday and Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m..
  • Inmate Worker:
    • Same as above, plus Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (2-hour visitation). Saturday is designated for children's day.
  • Bravo 1 (Super Max), Bravo 2, Bravo 4 (Super Max), IH, SH, and Medical:
    • Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m..
  • Children:
    • Children's day will be designated to Monday for all non-contact visitation schedules.
  • Attorneys, clergy, and outside law enforcement:
    • Visitation is allowed anytime except during mealtime, formal counts, and shift change from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m..
    • Clergy must be properly approved by the Director of Inmate Programs and Services.

For more information, call 843-255-5182.

Mail

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.
Recreation
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.