Bamberg County Detention Center – Bamberg, SC

Bamberg County Detention Center is in Bamberg County, SC and is the primary correctional facility for that county. Are you looking for someone in jail at Bamberg County Detention Center? This site gives you about everything you might need to know about Bamberg County Detention Centersuch as the following: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to offer information and advice that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Bamberg County Detention Center
444 Second Street
Bamberg, SC 29003

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 803-245-3012
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and want to contact them?

Do you know someone who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

To look up who is in jail at Bamberg County Detention Center you will have to go to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Lookup

The Bamberg County Detention Center Inmate List is an online list of people who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. You can get the same information on anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You will be able to get their inmate information fast if you’ve got your friend or family member’s name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or family member could possibly be at another county jail you will want to check our South Carolina county jail guide: List of all jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake picture, is the photo taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is actually one full face and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Bamberg County Detention Center inmates can be searched on the Bamberg County Detention Center website, or you can see them in person at the Bamberg County Detention Center. When viewing online you need to enter the person’s full name, and a booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot removed from the Bamberg County Detention Center site? This is difficult, since the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve gone through booking, your bail will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you are required to agree to be in court on your court date, and until that day you can’t leave town.

Typically, inmates at Bamberg County Detention Center are given time off for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you might be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to stay the jail each day after work, or you may be allowed to live in a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set all depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone you know will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the Bamberg County Detention Center. If you’ve got the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Bamberg County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, it is easy. First, find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of total bail, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If bail is very large, the bondsman will usually use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

If you need a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a Bail Bondsman in Bamberg County

Have you ever had to find a bail bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If you have, please leave a comment below and tell about your experience, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure is made up of each of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • You will answer some simple questions, like what is your full name, home address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can call a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will be given a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you post bail, the quicker you will get released. Also, it might depend on if you’ve got a cash bond or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a release date, plan to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go to the jail reception area, and tell an officer that you think they might have a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody. If it is for a jail sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring allowed items when you go, like a driver’s license or even ID, prescription medication, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. This information will be put in a Visiting log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so double-check the jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you break the jail rules, phone privileges might get reduced or eliminated completely.

The Bamberg County Detention Center phone number is: 803-245-3012

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of delivery. Clearly write the inmate’s name, inmate ID number, and the jail address on the envelope. Do not send anything in a package, envelope with padding, bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read by staff, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Bamberg County Detention Center is:

Bamberg County Detention Center
444 Second Street
Bamberg, SC 29003

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Bamberg County Detention Center
444 Second Street
Bamberg, SC 29003


The mail policy is always changing, so it would be best to visit the official Bamberg County Detention Center site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to have a friend or relative find an attorney when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

For more info on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as private investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers that are members of the South Carolina State Bar and are licensed to practice law in South Carolina.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Bamberg County court records are public records. They are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions filed in the course of your case. You are able to access court records using the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Bamberg County Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath during court cases, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records from your case are available at Bamberg County Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Bamberg County magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates do several different things, such as setting bail, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary court hearings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed to include your background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into consideration when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, his or her family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Remember you can request to see your own copy of the report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you might be given a date that you are required to go to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has ever been in jail?

You can just visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • and their jail inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the Bamberg County jail website or call the court. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Bamberg County jail, by phone, in person, or look online. Arrest records are public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Bamberg County Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people 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 offenders on the internet, but remember that you will not find the street address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the Bamberg County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal background. These state databases are linked together so you can track criminal convictions from another state. Go to the Bamberg County Courthouse and check in person, or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a completely different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, you generally will not find if that person has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Any accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has a listing of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Bamberg County,the Bamberg County Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Bamberg County jail is very scary, eventually you will settle into the routine that is set for you. You will get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will have breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to 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 Bamberg 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 Bamberg 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 rules for sending funds to inmates can change, so we suggest that you review the official website when you send any money.

    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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Bamberg County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Bamberg 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 Bamberg 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:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have 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 at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit someone at Bamberg County Detention Center?

    If yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write down what you experienced so that other people will know what to expect.

    What to include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story about it. Why’d you get arrested? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Need to find out how to get in touch with somebody you met when you were locked up? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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