Beaufort County Detention Center – Beaufort, SC

Beaufort County Detention Center is located in Beaufort County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Do you know somebody locked up in Beaufort County Detention Center? This site tells you about anything you might want to know about Beaufort County Detention Center,like: How to do a jail inmate search. How to view Beaufort County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Beaufort County Detention Center intake procedures. Beaufort County court information. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their friends and family. This guide is meant to give you information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have questions, feel free to ask it, and please leave any feedback or comments that might be a benefit to others would be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Beaufort County Detention Center
100 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (843) 255-5200
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Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and want to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

To look up who is in jail at Beaufort County Detention Center you need to visit their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Beaufort County Detention Center Inmate Locator has information on persons who are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and schedule for visitation. You can also find the same information for anybody arrested and processed or discharged in the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information fast if you enter their first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you are looking for is incarcerated at a different jail you will want to check our guide to other South Carolina jails: List of all county jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail processing photograph, is a photograph that the police take when you are booked into jail. They will take one full face and a side picture. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Beaufort County Detention Center prisoners can be found on the website, or you can see them in person at the Beaufort County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will have to input their full name, and a booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to have your mugshot taken down from the Beaufort County Detention Center site? This will be difficult, because your mugshot is a matter of public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about how to get out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be set by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to show up for court, and you won’t be allowed to leave the county.

Usually, prisoners in the Beaufort County Detention Center will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to be released from jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay all depends on the crime you are charged with. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your court date, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you must call the Beaufort County Detention Center. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll tell you how much their bail is. You can also check their bail amount and status on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, its simple to do if you have the money. First of all, you have to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you can’t use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take a check. When you’ve paid bail, the prisoner will be discharged. 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 yourself, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. This money is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If bail is very large, the bail bondsman will usually require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • They’ll also ask you about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will then be allowed to make a telephone call so you can talk to a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

Have you been arrested and gone through jail intake? If you have, please tell us what happened. How long did you have to wait in the holding cell? How did the guards treat you? Do you know any secrets that will help other people that get arrested to get through jail processing?

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere from 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get released. Also, how fast you get released might depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the date of your release, you should expect to be released at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Be very careful that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring things that are allowed when you go, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to list each visitor’s name to the jail before anyone can visit them. This information will be put into the visitation log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures at Beaufort County Detention Center frequently change, so you should review the jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Jail phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made at home. Phone calls are restricted on how often you can use the phone, but bear in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are disciplined for an infraction, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden.

Phone Number: (843) 255-5200

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be sent via the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You cannot use any other form of mail delivery. You have to write the name, inmate ID, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t mail a box or package, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and read and examined by the jail officers, and will get returned to the sender if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Beaufort County Detention Center:

Beaufort County Detention Center
100 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29902

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Beaufort County Detention Center
100 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29902


The Beaufort County Detention Center mail policy changes often, so be sure to visit the the Beaufort County Detention Center website when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call them. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your charges, the better your chances.

For more information on how to find an attorney, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you need an attorney, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Beaufort County court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records include a case file with a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access your court records with the Beaufort County website, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Beaufort County Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your court case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge who presides on your court case. They do different tasks, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will consider when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, the defendant’s family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Be sure to remember that you can request to get a copy of this report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you could be locked up immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is currently in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

You can you will have to visit the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their 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 an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Beaufort County jail, either by phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders have to be registered and listed on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You are able to see these listings online, but bear in mind that you will not get the street address, but rather the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains a record of someone’s criminal background. These online databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you might have to pay for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you will not learn if that person has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving records, you have to 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? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Beaufort County courthouse? Was it correct? There are plenty of reasons that people search for criminal records, and your account could help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Beaufort County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of spending time in the Beaufort County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Beaufort 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 Beaufort 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 procedure to send money to inmates is always changing, so you should visit the the Beaufort County Detention Center website when you send funds to an inmate.

    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 Beaufort County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Beaufort 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 Beaufort 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If you have, then we would like you to write a review about it. Write down your jail experience because other people can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Beaufort County Detention Center.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner activities and programs


    Write a review about Beaufort County Detention Center

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How did going to jail affect your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to find out how to get in touch with a friend from jail? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Post a message to people locked up at Beaufort County Detention Center


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  1. Betty W. Prudence says:

    Send to Michael G. Wyman. Your sisters have not heard from you. Want to know that you are okay and nothing is preventing you from communicating with us. if your are simply choosing not to, then we will just have to accept that. Guess you will let us know when you need more money in your account or perhaps you have another resource.

    Be safe. We do care.

    God Bless You,
    BWP

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