Berkeley County Detention Center – Moncks Corner, SC

Berkeley County Detention Center is located in Berkeley County, SC and is the primary jail for this area. Are you looking for someone locked up in Berkeley County Detention Center? This guide gives you info about everything related to Berkeley County Detention Center,like the following: How to locate an inmate at Berkeley County Detention Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Berkeley County Detention Center intake procedures. Berkeley County court information. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give you info that you’ll need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that might be a benefit to others would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Berkeley County Detention Center
300 California Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 843-719-4546
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and want to contact them?

Has a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to look up who is in jail at Berkeley County Detention Center you will have to navigate to their website and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Berkeley County Detention Center Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. You can also get information on anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by last name. You will be able to get the information fast if you have their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the inmate you are looking for is in another county jail you should check the other South Carolina county jails in our South Carolina County Jail Guide: South Carolina County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a intake photograph, is the photograph that the police take when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and one profile photo. Your name and booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be found online, or you can view them at the Berkeley County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to put in the name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to have your mugshot taken down from the Berkeley County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, as your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, and will not be accessible. 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

Obviously, once you are incarcerated, your primary thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve gone through booking, bail will be determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be released, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not allowed to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate at Berkeley County Detention Center will be given early release in exchange for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be allowed to do work release. Either you will have to go back to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished at your job, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will be required to pay is dictated by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to post ten percent of the total that was determined so you can be released. If you miss your court appearance, the person that paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you need to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Berkeley County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s really easy. First of all, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – the jail can’t accept checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and usually with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To contact a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever had to use a bail bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? 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
  • House Arrest
  • Get Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through these steps:

  • They’ll put you 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 answer some simple questions, like your full name, home address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will be taken from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone to contact family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process will take between 15 minutes to many hours. So, the faster you can post bail, the faster you will get out of jail. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if the judge still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For a minor charge, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a release date, you should expect to get discharged anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. In the case of an outstanding warrant, go down to the jail intake area, and tell someone that you think there is a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring allowed items when you turn yourself in, such as a driver’s license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must list each visitor’s name to the jail in advance. Your visitor’s information will be entered into the visitors log as an approved visitor. Every visitor has to provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Berkeley County Detention Center can change, so we suggest that you review the official Berkeley County Detention Center jail site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are typically pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely.

Phone Number: 843-719-4546

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate must be mailed using the US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of delivery. You have to clearly write the name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail is opened and read by staff, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Berkeley County Detention Center is:

Berkeley County Detention Center
300 California Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Berkeley County Detention Center
300 California Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC 29461


The inmate mail policy at Berkeley County Detention Center changes frequently, so check the the Berkeley County Detention Center website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, the most important of which is your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer for you. You may be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The quicker you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better your chances.

To read more about how to find an attorney, click here: Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, members of the South Carolina State Bar and are fully licensed to represent you in court and practice law.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender? What was your experience?

Court Records

Berkeley County court records are are public records and are available upon request. Court records include a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and each of the documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access court records via the Berkeley County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is a member of the court who maintains court records. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the jury’s verdict. All court records related to your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your case, for example filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that presides on your court case. Magistrates do different tasks, which include determing how much your bail will be, writing arrest warrants, and presiding over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life, which the judge will review when determining your sentence. Information will be collected from the defendant, their family, and if necessary the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you can ask to have your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you can correct any inaccurate information.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be locked up immediately, or you could receive a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

To find this out just visit the Berkeley County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • 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 should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, either by phone or through their website.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered and listed on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to view sex offenders on the website, but keep in mind that you will not be able to get the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket sheet and all documents and filings filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal backgrounds from other states. Go to the Berkeley County Courthouse and inquire, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a completely different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for these crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t be able to find out if they has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Any accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find driving histories, you have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the Berkeley County courthouse? Was it correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal records, and your feedback may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Berkeley County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Berkeley County jail is no fun, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. You will get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work in the work program or other activity that you are assigned. 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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley County Detention Center inmates is always changing, so we suggest that you double check the the Berkeley County Detention Center website before you send funds 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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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Berkeley County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Berkeley 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 Berkeley County Detention Center

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 spent any time in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Berkeley County Detention Center?

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

    Things you could write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Having Visitors
    • Other Inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How has this experience impacted your life?

    Tell Your Story

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Want to say wassup to somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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