Oconee County Detention Center – Walhalla, SC

Oconee County Detention Center is in Oconee County, SC and is the main jail for that county. Looking for somebody at Oconee County Detention Center? This site gives you about everything related to Oconee County Detention Center,like the following: Find an inmate at Oconee County Detention Center. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Posting bail. Oconee County Detention Center intake procedures. Court records. And lots more.

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The prospect of going to jail is a daunting and scary thought, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also their family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is meant to give you all the information that you’ll need to make getting locked up less stressfull. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that might be beneficial to other people in the same situation will be welcome.

General Information

Address

Oconee County Detention Center
300 South Church Street
Walhalla, SC 29691

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (864) 638-4108
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that has gone to jail and need to find out where they are?

Has someone who has been arrested and you want to find them?

To search who’s in jail at Oconee County Detention Center you will need to go to their web site and perform an inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Oconee County Detention Center Inmate Search is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, which includes status, how much their bail is, and visiting hours. Also, you can find the same information for anybody booked or discharged within the past 24 hours. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you enter the arrestee’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you are looking for may be in a different jail you should check the other South Carolina county jails in our South Carolina County Jail Guide: Other County Jails in South Carolina


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is a picture that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. They will take one face photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail ID number will appear on the photos, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be seen on the website, or you can go in person to the Oconee County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you need to put in the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to get your mugshot removed from the Oconee County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, as your mugshot is public record. You need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. This means that all of your arrest records would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, the different websites with mugshots, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Taken Down


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, once you’re incarcerated, your primary thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount will be decided by the magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to promise to show up for court, and until that date you won’t be allowed to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and don’t cause any problems while incarcerated.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to do work release. You will have to stay jail each day after work, or you may be permitted to move to a halfway house instead of jail.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount is dictated by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay ten percent of the total that was determined so you are able to be released from jail. If you don’t go to your scheduled court date, the person that bailed you out of jail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know the bail amount. Also, you can find out how much their bail is on the Oconee County Detention Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never fun, but in some cases, its easy. To start with, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If this is the case, you will not be able to get a bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take a personal check. Once the cash bond has been paid, the person will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the amount of bail set is large, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. They will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes have a minimum fee of $100. This is non-refundable and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Oconee County

Have you ever used a bondsman because you or someone you know got arrested? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out for you.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake procedure is made up of 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 thing you will have to to is you will answer some questions, like your full legal name, your address, birth date and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any personal property you have will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • They will let you use the phone to talk to a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your street 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 go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In other words the faster you post bail, the sooner you will be released. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if a magistrate still needs to decide on the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served your sentence and are given a release date, you should expect to be discharged at any time that day – but usually in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell an officer that think that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. 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 even photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go into the log as an approved visitor. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Anyone that gets to visitation or any visitors that are not approved to visit will not be allowed to attend visitation.
The Oconee County Detention Center visitation procedures frequently change, so visit the jail site before you try to visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Phone calls made in jail are typically more expensive than phone calls made outside of jail. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Oconee County Detention Center phone number is: (864) 638-4108

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail delivery. You have to write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t send anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail will be opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and will get returned to the sender if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Oconee County Detention Center:

Oconee County Detention Center
300 South Church Street
Walhalla, SC 29691

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Oconee County Detention Center
300 South Church Street
Walhalla, SC 29691


The Oconee County Detention Center inmate mail policy changes, so we suggest that you double check the the Oconee County Detention Center website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you still have certain rights, the first of which is the right to request a lawyer. Remember that you may be limited to the amount of phone calls you can make, so it is a good idea to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. You may be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will advise you about your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in your county. The faster you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on this, visit: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. In addition, the Public Defender Office is staffed by investigators, forensics experts as well as social case workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the South Carolina State Bar Association and are licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know had to use a Public Defender or court appointed attorney? Do you think that they did a good job of defending you?

Court Records

All court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. Court records are comprised of a file with a docket sheet and all documents that have been filed in the case. You, and anyone else, can access court records with the Oconee County website, or at the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records related to your case are kept and available to you at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your court case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you cannot afford these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your court case. They do several different things, such as setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is put together to include information about your background and information about the arrestee’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining a sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, his or her family members, and if necessary the victim. Be sure to remember you are allowed to ask to have a copy of the report before you are sentenced, so you get the chance 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 a number of different options, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on the severity of the crime, you will either be locked up immediately, or given a date that you must report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if someone is currently in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

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

  • Name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you should call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the jail. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask them. You should be clear that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, on the phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are in the public record and this information is accessible by the public.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when you get served with papers, like a court order. You can access civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

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 convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these listings online, but bear in mind that you will not see the exact address, but only the address block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are considered public records, so they are accessible to anyone who requests them. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access your court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are all linked so you are able to track criminal histories from any other state. Go to courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug offenses.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, usually won’t learn if they had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this kind of information, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Did you search online or did you have to make a phone call to the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your account may make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in the Oconee County jail is very scary, you will soon become accustomed to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get an alarm to wake up every morning at 6am, and then you’ll have roll call. After roll call you will have 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 Oconee 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 Oconee County Detention Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send funds to someone in jail changes, so double check the official Oconee County Detention Center site before 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

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Oconee County Detention Center

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

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to 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 Oconee County Detention Center? Do you have a friend or family member there? Have you ever been to visit someone in this jail?

    If so, then we would like you to leave a comment below about it. Write about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    Things you can include in the review:

    • Conditions in Oconee County Detention Center.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you get locked up? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Tell us about the other inmates. How has this experience impacted your life?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you need to find out how to get in touch with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Throw a shout out to them here.

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