Orangeburg County Jail – Orangeburg, SC

Orangeburg County Jail is located in Orangeburg County and is the main correctional facility for the region. Looking for someone at Orangeburg County Jail? This guide gives you about anything a person needs to know about Orangeburg County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Orangeburg County Jail. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and bail bondsmen. Booking and intake procedures. Court information. And lots more.

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. The purpose of this guide is to give info that you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail easier. If you have a specific question, feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others will be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Orangeburg County Jail
1520 Ellis Avenue
Orangeburg, SC 29115

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: 803-531-4647
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member that is incarcerated and want to find out where they are?

Do you know a family member or friend who has been arrested and you want to find out what jail they’re in?

In order to see who is in jail at Orangeburg County Jail you need to navigate to their web site and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Orangeburg County Jail Inmate Lookup is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes status, bail amount, and visiting hours. You can also get info for anyone booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. You can locate their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got the arrestee’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be in another jail you should look here, too: South Carolina County Jails Directory


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one full face and a profile picture. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they’re kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Orangeburg County Jail prisoners can be seen online, or you can see them at the Orangeburg County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will need to put in 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 taken down from the Orangeburg County Jail site? This may not be possible, since the mugshot is a public record. You will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and unavailable to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For more information about getting your mugshot removed, 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

Naturally, once you’re locked up, your only thought is about when you get out. After booking, a bail amount is determined using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you do bail out of jail you must promise to show up for court, and until that date you are not permitted to leave the area.

Typically, prisoners will earn time off for good behavior if they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while incarcerated.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be given work release detail. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished with work, or you could get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is determined by the seriousness of your charges. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total set so you are able to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the Orangeburg County Jail. If know the person’s information, including name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Orangeburg County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but fortunately, its simple to do if you have the money. First, you need to find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – they can’t take checks. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be discharged. If this person doesn’t violate any of the terms of their release, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If their bail has been set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you will need to use a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10-15% of total bail, and in most cases have a minimum charge of $100. This is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman might use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman go to: Bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake process takes you through each of these steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. If the jail is busy, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • First, have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and mental history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All of your personal property will get taken away from you and stored until you are discharged.
  • You will then be allowed to use the telephone in order to talk to family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to wear your street clothes, otherwise you you will be given a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

When you finally post bail, you will get discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes from 10 minutes to many hours. Or, simply, the faster bail is posted, the quicker you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged can depend on if you’ve been given a cash bond amount or if the magistrate has to figure out the bail amount. For a minor charge, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. If you have served a sentence in jail and are given a discharge date, plan to be released between 9am and noon.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the sheriff has a, or if you must start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the law and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if they find one, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Just bring required items when you turn yourself in, such as your drivers license or even photo ID, prescription medication, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you have to give the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail in advance. Your visitors will be entered in a Visiting log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor will have to provide acceptable photo identification when visiting an inmate. Any visitors arriving late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Jail visitation policies are always changing, so make sure that you double-check the jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Calls made in jail are generally more costly than regular phone calls. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on how often you can use the phone, but you 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, your ability to use the phone might get reduced or forbidden completely.

The Orangeburg County Jail phone number is: 803-531-4647

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mall sent to inmates is required to be mailed using US Postal Service. You shouldn’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You should write the inmate’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Don’t mail anything in a box, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal inside. All mail received by the jail is opened and inspected and read by the jail officers, and the mail will get sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Orangeburg County Jail:

Orangeburg County Jail
1520 Ellis Avenue
Orangeburg, SC 29115

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Orangeburg County Jail
1520 Ellis Avenue
Orangeburg, SC 29115


The Orangeburg County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to visit the the Orangeburg County Jail website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you get arrested, you have rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so it is a good idea to get a friend or relative to find an attorney for you. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, protect your interests and help you find your way through the complicated court system in your county. The quicker you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better off you’ll be.

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

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to private investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are licensed lawyers that are admitted to the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

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

Court Records

Court records are are public and available to anyone who requests them. They have a court case file with a docket sheet and all of the documents that have been filed. You have the ability to access the records and documents in your court case via the Orangeburg County website, or by going to the Orangeburg County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are available at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have court appointed legal counsel or a Public Defender, you may get out of having to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the type of judge that rules on your case. Magistrates are judges that do several different things, such as deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is put together with information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate will take into account when decide your sentence. Information will be requested from the defendant, the defendant’s family, and in some circumstances the victim. Bear in mind you are able to request to see a copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you can correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, including community service to probation, to even prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to do your time.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you need to find out if somebody you know is locked up, or has ever been locked up?

This is pretty simple to do, just you will have to go to the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail get confirmation.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can find out by checking the court records on the Orangeburg County court website or you can call the jail. This requires a first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the Orangeburg County jail, by phone, in person, or check online. Records of arrests are in the public record and this is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

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

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings online, but bear in mind that you won’t see the exact address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You are able to access court records via the internet, or at the Orangeburg County Clerk of Court in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal history. These state databases are connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You are able to go to county courthouse and inquire, or check online. It is helpful to know the county, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

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

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, in most cases will not find out if they had:

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

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? Was it an easy process? Dis you do your search online or did you have to make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your comments could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Orangeburg County,the Orangeburg County 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 spending time in Orangeburg County Jail is no fun, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. You will get a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Orangeburg 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 Orangeburg 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 process for sending money to inmates at Orangeburg County Jail changes, so visit the official Orangeburg County Jail site when you send any funds.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

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    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Orangeburg County Jail

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

    • 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 at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is an inmate there? Have you ever visited someone at this jail?

    If yes, then we would like you to write your review about it. Tell us about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to include in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


    Speak Your Mind

    Tell Your Story

    Anyone who’s ever been arrested and sent to jail has at least one story to tell about it. How’d you get locked up? Did you experience fair treatment? What was it like in jail? What about the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Do you need to throw a shout out to somebody you met when you were locked up? Leave a message for them here.

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