- 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. Family and friends may bring in certain items, such as prescription eye wear and health care items, not available from the commissary.
- 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.
- Inmates in General Population in A-1 visitation schedule is as follows:
- Inmates housed on the 1st Tier of A1 visitation is Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday - 8:00PM -10:00PM
- Inmates housed on the 2nd Tier of A1 visitation is Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday - 8:00PM - 10:00PM
- Due to the nature of this Housing Unit, A-1's visitation does not go by the first letter of the inmate's last name. It goes by the tier the inmate is assigned too regardless of his last name.
- Inmates in General Population A-2, B-1 and Pre-Class/Maximum Security B-3 with the last names...
- beginning with A-M will have visitation Monday/Wednesday/Saturday 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
- beginning with N-Z will have visitation Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
- Inmate Worker B-5 visiting: Same as above, plus Saturday and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Contact visitation).
- Childrens' visiting days are on Saturday (A-M) and Sunday (N-Z) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Children are defined as any youth under the age of 17. A maximum of three children will be allowed per visit. A LEGAL parent or guardian who is at least 21 must accompany them.
- Administrative Segregation B-2, SH, IH, and certain females in B-1: Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 through 3 p.m. PRIOR APPROVAL BY SHIFT COMMANDER IS REQUIRED.
- Super Maximum Security B-4: Tuesday and Thursday with same hours as Administrative Segregation. PRIOR APPROVAL BY SHIFT COMMANDER IS REQUIRED.
- Attorneys are allowed to visit anytime except during mealtime, court and shift change.
- Clergy and Professional agency visitation is permitted between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily except during mealtime, count and shift change.
- 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.
- Library services, including 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 #6 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 SECURUS at 1-866-946-9429.
- 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.