Greenville County Detention Center – Greenville, SC

Greenville County Detention Center is in Greenville County, South Carolina and is the primary jail for that county. Are you looking for someone in Greenville County Detention Center? This page gives you all about everything you might want to know about Greenville County Detention Centersuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Greenville County Detention Center? How to view Greenville County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and bail bondsmen. Greenville County Detention Center intake procedures. Court records. And much, much more.

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The prospect of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to offer info that you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, just ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be welcome.

General Information

Address

Greenville County Detention Center
20 Mcgee Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 864-467-2330
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and need to contact them?

Do you know a family member or friend who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To look up who is in jail at Greenville County Detention Center you need to navigate to their website and do an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Greenville County Detention Center Inmate Lookup has information on people who have been arrested and are in custody, including current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can get the same information about anybody booked or released within the last 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to locate the information fast if you’ve got their name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for is at another county jail you should look here, too: Other County Jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail intake photograph, is a picture taken by the police when you get processed at jail intake. They take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the photos, and they will be on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be seen on the website, or you can see them in person at the Greenville County Detention Center. When viewing online you will have to enter the person’s legal name, and the arrest date.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Want to have your mugshot taken down from the Greenville County Detention Center site? This is difficult, because the mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot removed you need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about getting your mugshot removed, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about when and how you will get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be determined by the magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this may mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to promise to be in court on your court date, and until that date you are not permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, prisoners at Greenville County Detention Center are given time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and area a good inmate while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. You will either have to return to the jail at the end of the day after work, or you could be allowed to move into a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the court system in order to be released from jail pending trial. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to put up ten percent of the total that was set so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t go to court, the person that paid your bail won’t get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, including name, address and date of birth, they will tell you the bail amount. You can also check their bail amount and status on the Greenville County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never a fun thing, but fortunately, it is really easy if you have the money. First of all, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they won’t take a check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be discharged. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and in most cases charge a minimum fee of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman is non-refundable and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman click here: Find a bail bondsman at Greenville County Detention Center

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • The first step is that you must answer a bunch of questions, like your full legal name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will be taken from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call so you can contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able 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 jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. This process may take between 30 minutes to many hours. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the sooner you will get let go. Also, how fast you get released can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if a judge needs to figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and know the discharge date, you should plan to get discharged between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you must begin your sentence in jail, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. For a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell the intake officer that you think they might have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if they find one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be sure that you are not late. Only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you must provide each visitor’s name to the jail in advance of the visit. This information will be put in a log of visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that is not an approved visitor will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
The Greenville County Detention Center visitation procedures are always changing, so you should review the official site before you try to go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Jail phone calls are generally more costly 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 inmates should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are disciplined for an infraction, your ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: 864-467-2330

Sending Mail to Inmates

Any mail that you send to an inmate has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You cannot use any other method of mail or package delivery. Clearly write or type the inmate’s name, inmate ID, and jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t send a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and inspected and read by the jail staff, and the mail will get returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Greenville County Detention Center
20 Mcgee Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Greenville County Detention Center
20 Mcgee Street
Greenville, SC 29601


The Greenville County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes often, so we suggest that you double check the the Greenville County Detention Center website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have particular rights, the first of which is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is important to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You’re probably asking yourself ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ While you are not required to have one, an attorney will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and guide you through the criminal justice system in Greenville County. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better your chances.

To read more about this subject, read: How to Find an Attorney in Greenville County

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. All Public Defenders are real attorneys who are members of the South Carolina State Bar and are completely licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

Greenville County court records are a matter of public record. Court records include a case file with a sheet called a docket sheet and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You have the ability to access court records using the online service, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages the records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the jury’s verdict. All records, documents, and evidence related to your case are held at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees are all costs associated with your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Greenville County court magistrate is the judge that rules over your case. Magistrate judges do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing warrants for arrest, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is prepared to include the defendant’s background information and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be solicited from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind that you can ask to receive a copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if a family member of friend is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

To do this, you will have to visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

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

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can check the court records on the website or you are able to call the jail directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Greenville County jail, on the phone, go there in person, or check online. Arrest records are a matter of public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, which can be a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Greenville County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be registered on a sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but remember that you won’t see the street address, rather the address block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. Court Records include a case file containing a court docket and all of the documents filed in the case. You can access court records on their website, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal history. These databases are linked together so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know the county, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you can find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DWI or DUI.
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

If you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to find out if someone has had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving records, you have to do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the jail? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your feedback might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI keeps a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Greenville County,the Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Greenville County Detention Center is quite unpleasant, you will soon settle into the daily routine. All inmates get an alarm for wake-up each morning at six in the morning, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following 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 Greenville 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 Greenville 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 someone in jail changes, so you should double check the the Greenville County Detention Center website before 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Greenville County Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Greenville 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 Greenville 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 been a prisoner in this jail? Do you know anybody that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited a prisoner at this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then we would like you to tell us about it. Write about your experience because others will know what to expect.

    What to include in your comment:

    • Conditions in Greenville County Detention Center.
    • Jail, yard and pod facility and layout
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Inmate safety
    • Gang activity
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What happened to you while you were locked up? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Make some good friends in jail? Are you trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Say wassup here, just leave a message below.

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