The Detention Center is under jurisdiction of Sheriff Charles H. Goodwin and can currently house 105 adult inmates, 44 pre-sentenced, 38 sentenced, 6 maximum security, 2 special management and 15 female inmates. In addition to the Detention Center we also manage the County Prison which houses up to 38 sentenced State and County inmates who are assigned supervised work details throughout the County.
The Abbeville County Detention Center is one part of the criminal justice system serving the citizens of Abbeville County. We recognize that each segment of the system impacts the nature and size of the Detention Center population. We endorse, to the extent consistent with the primary goal of public safety and security, the development of alternatives to incarceration (such as community service, electronic monitoring) as an integral part of the Abbeville County Detention Centerís criminal justice system. The Detention Center must also serve the needs of all user agencies and individuals, including prisoners, staff, law enforcement, the courts, attorneys, and community organizations.
The Abbeville County Detention Center will serve as the intake center for un-sentenced misdemeanor and/or felony detainees/inmates, and as an incarceration facility for sentenced offenders. It will provide facilities for the detention of both un-sentenced detainees/inmates and sentenced inmates in a minimum, medium, and maximum-security environment. All facilities will provide housing and services of equal quality for all classes of detainees/ inmates.
Our agency is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals.
Qualifications include: 21 year of age, High School graduate or certificate of GED, clear criminal and driving record, a clear credit report and be in good physical condition. Applicants must be able to attend and successfully complete a 3 week Basic Jail training course at the SC Criminal Justice Academy. Abbeville County offers a very attractive benefits package to all full time employees. Applicants should apply in person at the above address or send a resume to the above Post Office Box attn: Administrator. Abbeville County is a equal opportunity employer.
Inmates housed at our Detention Center facility are allowed three (3), non-consecutive one (1) hour visitations each week. Visitation is limited to three (3) persons at a time in the visitation unit. ALL visitors must have a valid State picture ID. Small children accompanied by a parent or gaurdian do not have to have picture ID unless they are ten (10) years of age or older and are not included in the visitation limit. ALL visitation must be scheduled 24 hours prior to the day of the visit by calling 864 446-6200. ALL visitors must provide names of all visitors, address and a phone number. NO personal item may be brought to inmates unless approved by the Administrator. Inmates may purchase items from the commissary. Visitors may bring certified money orders to deposit in inmates commissary accounts.
Inmates housed at our County Prison Facility are allowed visitation on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. ID is required and number of visitors the same as the Detention Center. Limited Items may be brought to inmates, these items can be explained during the first visit or by calling 864 446-6200.
ALL items brought in to inmates at either facility will be searched. Any person attempting to bring in contraband WILL be criminally charged. ALL visitors and their personal effects are subject to search before and after visitation. No pocketbooks, briefcases or cellular phones are allowed in visitation area (storage lockers are provided to secure personal items).
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