Fairfield County Detention Center – Winnsboro, SC

Fairfield County Detention Center is in Fairfield County, South Carolina and is the primary jail for that area. Do you know somebody locked up at Fairfield County Detention Center? This site tells you information about anything one might want to know about Fairfield County Detention Center: Find an inmate at Fairfield County Detention Center. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bailing out of jail. Fairfield County Detention Center intake procedures. Court information. And much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary idea, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the info that you need to make going to jail easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it, and also any tips or comments that might be a benefit to other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Fairfield County Detention Center
10 Faith Lane
Winnsboro, SC 29180

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (803) 635-4841
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend in jail and need to locate them?

Has a family member or friend who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

In order to find out who’s in jail at Fairfield County Detention Center you will need to navigate to their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Fairfield County Detention Center Inmate Roster has information on people who have been arrested, which includes custody status, bail amount, and visiting schedule. Also, you can find information about anyone arrested and processed or released within the past 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can get their arrest information quicker if you’ve got their first and last name, date of birth, or inmate ID.

If the person you are looking for could possibly be at another county jail you can look here: Other Jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the picture that the jail takes when you get booked into jail. A mugshot is make of one face photo and a profile picture. Your full name and booking number will be on the pictures, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Fairfield County Detention Center prisoners can be searched online, or you can view them at the Fairfield County Detention Center. When viewing mugshots online you will need to input the legal name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to get your mugshot taken off of the Fairfield County Detention Center website? This can be tricky, since the mugshot is public record. You must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that all of your arrest records would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, if you’re arrested and put in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After booking, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you are required not to leave town.

Usually, an inmate in the Fairfield County Detention Center will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they follow the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will either have to stay the jail every day after work, or you might be permitted to move into a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you have to pay to the court system to be released from jail until you go to court. Your bail amount all depends on the crime you are charged with. You or someone you know will have to put up 10% of the amount set in order for you to get out of jail. If you fail to show up for your court appearance, whoever put up your bail money will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Fairfield County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it’s very simple to do. First of all, you need to know if it is a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you will not be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate 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 bail is set too high, or you just don’t have the money, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and in most cases have a minimum fee of $100. This money will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may require that they use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Get Out on 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 process takes you through the following 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.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a bunch of questions, such as your full name, street address, birth date and an emergency contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • 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 are released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might get to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, if not you will be issued a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. It also might depend on if you have a cash bond or if the magistrate still needs to figure out how much to set your bail at. For a minor offense, you will get booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a release date, you should expect to be discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you have to start a jail sentence, it is highly recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail reception area, and let them know that you think they might have an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a record check, and if so, you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order states. Ensure that you aren’t late. Be sure to only bring required items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates have to provide information about each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be put into the log for the inmate that requested the visitor. Each and every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that is not on the visitation list will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should check the official site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that a long line can form at the phones, because everyone wants to use the phone, too. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

Phone Number: (803) 635-4841

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent via the US Postal Service. You must not use any other method of mail or package delivery. You must print the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter that you send. Do not send a box or package, padded envelope, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail is opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

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

Fairfield County Detention Center
10 Faith Lane
Winnsboro, SC 29180

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Fairfield County Detention Center
10 Faith Lane
Winnsboro, SC 29180


The mail policy can change, so it would be best to check the official Fairfield County Detention Center site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, one of these is the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you talk to them. You might be thinking ‘why do I need an attorney?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in Fairfield County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more information on the benefits of and how to hire an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer in Fairfield County

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. The Public Defender’s Office is staffed by private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts as well as social case workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Fairfield County court records are public records. They are comprised of a file with a docket and every documents in your case. You are able to access your court records with the website, or at the Fairfield County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are held at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are the charges and fees associated with your case, which include filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules over your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing arrest warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the judge will review when determining a sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind you are able to ask to get a copy of the pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service to probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you are required to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if some you know is incarcerated, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do so, just access the jail website and do an inmate search, and do a search using:

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

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you are able to check the arrest warrants inquiry on the Fairfield County court website or you can call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. 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 possibly an arrest date, contact the Fairfield County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Records of arrests are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when someone has been served with papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders must be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. The people 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 offenders on the internet, but keep in mind that you will not be able to see the precise address, but rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. They include a court case file that includes a court docket and all of the filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access the court records on the website, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of people’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You are able to go to courthouse and inquire, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, usually will not be able to find out if they has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it easy? Dis you do your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved 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 keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Fairfield County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of spending time in the Fairfield County jail is something you wish you could avoid, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get a wake-up alarm at about 6:00 AM, and then roll call. Next, you will get breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will work 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 Fairfield 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 Fairfield 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 funds to Fairfield County Detention Center inmates might change, so be sure to visit the site when send money to someone in jail 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

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Fairfield County Detention Center

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

    • 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 spent any time at Fairfield County Detention Center? Do you know anybody that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at Fairfield County Detention Center?

    If so, then please write a review about it. Write down what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions in Fairfield County Detention Center.
    • Jail layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s been in jail has some stories to tell about the whole experience. Why were you locked up? How did the guards treat you? How was life in jail? Were the other inmates cool? 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? Trying to throw a shout out to someone from jail? Throw a shout out to them here.

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