Laurens County Jail – Laurens, SC

Laurens County Jail is located in Laurens County, SC and is the correctional facility for the county. Know somebody locked up at Laurens County Jail? This guide will tell you about everything a person needs to know about Laurens County Jail: How to locate an inmate. Find mugshots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Laurens County Jail intake procedures. Court records. And much more…

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who gets locked up, but also their family and friends. The purpose of this guide is to give you all the advice and information that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and also any tips or comments that might help others will be much appreciated.

General Information

Address

Laurens County Jail
154 Templeton Road
Laurens, SC 29360

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (864) 683-4055
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Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Do you know somebody that’s been arrested and you need to find them?

In order to look up who’s in jail at Laurens County Jail you should navigate to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Laurens County Jail Inmate Locator is an online list of people currently in custody, which includes status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to get information on anybody arrested and booked or released in the last 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be incarcerated at a different jail you will want to look here: List of all jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail intake photograph, is the picture that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They will take one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your name and intake number will be on the photos, and they will be kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be viewed on the Laurens County Jail website, or you can view them at the Laurens County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you need to enter the person’s name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot erased from the Laurens County Jail site? This can be tricky, because your mugshot is public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Unfortunately, this happens very rarely.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: How To Remove Your Mugshot from the Internet


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, once you are arrested and put in jail, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be set either through a preset bail schedule or a magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this might mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you won’t be allowed to leave town.

Usually, prisoners in the Laurens County Jail will earn early release in exchange for good behavior if they don’t break the rules and act right while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to return to jail each day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until you go to court. The amount of bail that is set is determined by the seriousness of your crime. You will have to pay to the courts 10% of the amount that was set in order for you to bail out of jail. If you don’t go to your court date, that person will not get their money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you have all the person’s info, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. You can also see the bail amount on the Laurens County Jail site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is no fun, but most of the time, it’s really easy. To start with, figure out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you will not be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they will not take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you just can’t afford it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. They will usually charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and in most cases with a minimum charge of $100. The money you pay to the bail bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail has been set really high, the bondsman might request to use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

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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
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure takes you through each of these steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you will answer a number of questions, such as what is your full name, address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask you about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away 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 shortly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, otherwise you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you post bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. Getting discharged takes between 15 minutes to quite a few hours. So, the faster you post bail, the quicker you can get released from jail. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate needs to figure out the bail amount. For a minor offense, you will be booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and have a discharge date, 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 report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and go down to the jail and turn yourself in. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant for your arrest. They will check their system to see if there are any outstanding local, state or federal arrest warrants out for you, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Be sure to only bring necessary items when you turn yourself in, for example your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

In order to have visitors, inmates must give information about each visitor to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put in a log of approved visitors for the inmate that requested the visitor. Every visitor must provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures frequently change, so visit the official 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 . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but inmates should keep in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you are disciplined for an infraction, phone calls might get cut back or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Laurens County Jail phone number is: (864) 683-4055

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should print the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send anything in a package or box, envelope with padding, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail that you send to inmates gets opened and inspected by staff, and the mail will get sent back to the person who mailed it if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

If you would like to send a letter to an inmate at Laurens County Jail, use this address:

Laurens County Jail
154 Templeton Road
Laurens, SC 29360

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Laurens County Jail
154 Templeton Road
Laurens, SC 29360


The Laurens County Jail mail policy changes, so be sure to check the the Laurens County Jail website when send a letter to someone in jail there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you need to be aware that you still have rights, one of these being the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure you get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you talk to them. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal lawyer will advise you about your rights, help protect your interests and guide you through the legal system in Laurens County. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your case, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on the benefits of hiring a lawyer, read: How to Find an Attorney in Laurens County

Public Defender

If you can’t afford a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, forensics experts as well as social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know had to use the services of a Public Defender? How did they do?

Court Records

Court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. They include a file containing a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed in your case. You, and anyone else, can access the records and documents in your court case via the online service, or by going to the Laurens County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records from your court case are kept and available to you at the Laurens County Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges associated with your case, such as filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you can’t afford to pay these fees and have a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the person that will preside over your case in court. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, which include setting bail amounts, writing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life history, which the judge will review when deciding on the sentence. Information and personal details will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Remember you are able to ask to see a copy of the pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. The judge will have several different options when sentencing you, which include community service and probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could get a date that you are required to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is locked up, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty simple to do, just you need to visit the Laurens County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can also call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the Laurens County court website or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Laurens County jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. An arrest is public record and this is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when someone has been served with papers, like court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Laurens County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders have to be listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see this information on the internet, but you should know that you will not be able to see the precise address, just the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. They include a case file that contains a docket and all documents filed in the case. You can access your court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the clerk’s office of the court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of someone’s criminal past. These state databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from other states. You can go to the Laurens County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a totally different state, you might have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A criminal history search you will be able to get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for these crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, you generally won’t find out if they has had any infractions like moving violations:

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

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How hard was it? Did you search online or did you have to call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records, and your account may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Laurens County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in the Laurens County jail is no fun, soon you will become accustomed to the routine that is set for you. Expect an alarm for wake-up at about 6:00AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will get breakfast. Following breakfast you will have to 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 Laurens County Jail, 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 Laurens County Jail 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 someone in jail can change, so we suggest that you check the site 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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Laurens County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Laurens County Jail, 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 Laurens County Jail

    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 been locked up at Laurens County Jail? Do you know anybody there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If yes, then you should write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can put in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Inmate safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everbody that’s been incarcerated has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Laurens County Jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did going to jail affect your life?

    Click here to share your story about when you did time in Laurens County Jail

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Trying to find someone from jail? Leave a message for them here.

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