Lancaster County Detention Center – Lancaster, SC

Lancaster County Detention Center is located in Lancaster County and is the main jail for that area. Are you looking for somebody locked up at Lancaster County Detention Center? This site gives you all about everything related to Lancaster County Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate. How to view Lancaster County Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and daunting idea, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. The goal of this guide is to give information that you need to make going to jail a lot easier. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any feedback or comments that could help other people in the same situation will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Lancaster County Detention Center
1941 Pageland Hwy.
Lancaster, SC 29720

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 803-283-2084
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is incarcerated and want to locate them?

Do you know somebody who has been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To search who’s in jail at Lancaster County Detention Center you will need to visit their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Lancaster County Detention Center Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. Also, you can find information for anybody who has been arrested or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You can locate their inmate information fast if you have their full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one is locked up at a different jail you can check the other South Carolina county jails in our South Carolina County Jail Guide: South Carolina County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a intake photograph, is the picture that the police take during jail intake processing. They take one face photo and a profile picture. Your name and jail ID number will be on the photos, and they are stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lancaster County Detention Center prisoners can be seen online, or you can go in person to the Lancaster County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the name, and an arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot removed from the Lancaster County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is a matter of public record. You have to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

For more information about getting your mugshot taken down, the various mugshot sites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are in jail, your only thought is about getting out. After you’ve been booked, your bail amount will be decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If you don’t get a bail set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you don’t get released while you wait for your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to go to your court date, and in the meantime you are not permitted to leave town.

Usually, prisoners at Lancaster County Detention Center will earn early release in exchange for good behavior when they respect 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 may be allowed to do work release. You will have to go back to the jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is the amount of money that you are required to pay to be released from jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. You or someone you know will have to pay ten percent of the total set in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you must call the Lancaster County Detention Center or the County Courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will tell you what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Lancaster County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail a friend or family member out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but most of the time, it is easy if you have the money. First, figure out if they have a “Cash Bond Only” situation. If so, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t accept checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released to your care. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you just can’t afford to pay it, you should use a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will usually have a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and usually charge a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman is non-refundable and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman may request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a 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
  • Released On House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process includes each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first step is that you will have to answer some questions, like your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will then be allowed to make a phone call to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, they will let you keep wearing your own clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process will take from 30 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker bail is posted, the quicker you will be freed. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you have a bond amount or if a judge must figure out how much your bail will be. For a minor offense, you will simply be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a discharge date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must begin your jail sentence, you really should follow the rules and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell them that you think there is a warrant out for your arrest. They will do a record check, and if you do, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report at the exact time and date that the sentence order lists. Make sure that you are not late. Make sure that you only bring things that are allowed when you go to jail, for example your drivers license or state issued ID, prescription medication, as well as a official sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Every visitor is required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors showing up late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to attend visitation.
Visitation procedures can change, so make sure that you check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are much pricier than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone calls might get reduced or forbidden.

Phone Number: 803-283-2084

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be sent via US Postal Service. You cannot use any other type of mail or package delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and jail address on the letter. Do not send anything in a package, padded envelope, plastic bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail sent to inmates will be opened and examined by the jail administration, and will get returned if the jail decides it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Lancaster County Detention Center, use this address:

Lancaster County Detention Center
1941 Pageland Hwy.
Lancaster, SC 29720

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Lancaster County Detention Center
1941 Pageland Hwy.
Lancaster, SC 29720


The mail policy at Lancaster County Detention Center changes frequently, so it would be best to visit the official website when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you still have certain rights, one of these being that you have the right to request a lawyer. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find an attorney for you. You may be asking yourself ‘why do I need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, help protect your best interests and help you find your way through the legal system in Lancaster County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your situation, the better.

To read more about how to find a lawyer, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. The Public Defender Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts and case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are actual lawyers, members of the South Carolina State Bar and are legally licensed to practice law as an agent of the court.

Have you or someone you know used the services of a Public Defender? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

Lancaster County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They contain a court case file containing a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed in your case. You have the ability to access your court case records via the Lancaster County website, or at the Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that manages access to court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for all court participants, and read the verdict when the jury makes their final decision. All records, documents, and evidence from your case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are all costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Lancaster County magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, like determing how much your bail will be, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will consider when determining your sentence. Information and personal details will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and, if applicable, the victim. Don’t forget you are allowed to ask to have a copy of this report before your sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime during your trial, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on how serious your crime was, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could be given a date to to surrender and report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is in jail, or has gone to jail in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just just visit the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if this person is in jail or not, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or you can call the court. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you have a first and last name, as well as their arrest date, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or look online. Arrest records are in the public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, such as warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see sex offenders online, but remember that you will not be able to see the actual address, but rather the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket and any of the documents and filings filed in your court case. You are able to access the court records online, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of their state citizen’s criminal background. These databases are all linked so you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if it was in a different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more complete search.

A criminal records search you can get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for crimes, which include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, in most cases will not be able to see if they has had:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you have to call the courthouse? Was the information correct? There are many reasons that people search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your story might help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lancaster County,the Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of being incarcerated in the Lancaster County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Inmates get a wake-up alarm at about six in the morning, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lancaster 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 Lancaster 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 someone in jail is likely to change, so it would be best to visit the official 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

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    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Lancaster County Detention Center

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

    If so, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can learn what to expect.

    Things you can put in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • Inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • 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 day to day life at Lancaster County Detention Center? Tell us about the other inmates. How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Lancaster County Detention Center

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