Aiken County Detention Center – Aiken, SC

Aiken County Detention Center is located in Aiken County, SC and is the main correctional facility for the area. Know someone in jail at Aiken County Detention Center? This guide will tell you info about anything you might want to know about Aiken County Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate at Aiken County Detention Center. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures and booking. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary and daunting situation, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give information that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have questions, please feel free to ask it, and also any feedback or comments that could be beneficial to other people in the same situation would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Aiken County Detention Center
435 Wire Road
Aiken, SC 29801

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 803-642-2040
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Has someone that has been arrested and you need to find out what jail they’re in?

To search who’s in jail at Aiken County Detention Center you need to go to their link and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Aiken County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of people currently in custody, including custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get information on anyone arrested and booked or discharged in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information faster if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the inmate you are looking for could possibly be in another jail you should check our South Carolina county jail guide: South Carolina County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photo, is a photo taken by the police when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Aiken County Detention Center inmates can be viewed on the Aiken County Detention Center website, or you can see them at the Aiken County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to input the full name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken down from the Aiken County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, because the mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, a bail amount is set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If no bail is set this might mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are are released you must promise to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are required not to leave town.

In most cases, an inmate in the Aiken County Detention Center are given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and don’t cause any problems while they’re in jail.

If you follow the rules, you might be given work release detail. Either you will have to return to jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set in order to be released from jail. If you miss your court date, whoever posted your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You must call the Aiken County Detention Center. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never fun, but thankfully, its easy if you have the money. First, you have to find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – the jail will not take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. This money will not be returned to you and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for someone you know or yourself? If so, post a comment below and tell about it, and let us know how things turned out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Released For Time Served
  • Get Out on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you will have to answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call so you can get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, you should tell us what happened. How long did it take? How did the guards treat you? Can you share any things that will help other people to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 10 minutes to all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the sooner you can get released from jail. It also depends on if you’ve got a bond amount or if the magistrate has to determine the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

issued for your arrest, or if you must start your sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail intake center, and tell them that think that there is a warrant for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that you have one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring approved items when you turn yourself in, like a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be entered into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide a photo ID when visiting. Anyone showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so review the official jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, an inmate’s phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Aiken County Detention Center phone number is: 803-642-2040

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to clearly write or type the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send a box, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by staff, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Aiken County Detention Center, use this address:

Aiken County Detention Center
435 Wire Road
Aiken, SC 29801

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Aiken County Detention Center
435 Wire Road
Aiken, SC 29801


The Aiken County Detention Center mail policy changes often, so you should double check the site when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, one of these is your right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you talk to them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, an attorney will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and guide you through the legal system that you are now faced with. The faster you get an attorney working on your situation, the better your chances.

For more information about this, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Aiken County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers that are admitted to the South Carolina State Bar Association and are fully licensed to practice law in South Carolina.

Have you ever had to use a Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a court case file with a docket and all documents in the case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the Aiken County website, or at the Aiken County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are kept at the Aiken County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges from your court case, such as for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees.

Magistrate

The Aiken County court magistrate acts as the judge that will preside over your case. They do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim. Don’t forget you can ask to receive your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you might get taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Are you trying to find out if somebody you know is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To find this out you should access the Aiken County jail website, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • and their jail ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, as well as their arrest date, contact the Aiken County jail, on the phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are public record and the information is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these by contacting the Aiken County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are listed and registered on a sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view these listings on the internet, but keep in mind that you won’t get the precise address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in your case. You are able to access the court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal history search you are able to find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you generally won’t find out if that person has had any:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving records, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you have to call the Aiken County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might help other people.

    Click here to tell about all about it

    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Aiken County,the Aiken County Sheriff keeps their own list of most wanted criminals and fugitives.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that being incarcerated in Aiken County Detention Center is quite unpleasant, in time you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get a wake-up alarm each morning at 6:00 AM, and next you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Aiken County Detention Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Aiken County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending money to someone in jail at Aiken County Detention Center can change, so we suggest that you visit the the Aiken County Detention Center website before you send money to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Aiken County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Aiken County Detention Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Aiken County Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know someone that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at Aiken County Detention Center?

    If yes, then please leave a comment below about it. Write down what you experienced so that others will know what to expect.

    Things you can put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Were you fairly treated? How was life in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Aiken County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to talk to somebody you met in jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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