Pickens County Detention Center – Pickens, SC

Pickens County Detention Center is in Pickens County, SC and is the jail for the region. Are you looking for someone in jail at Pickens County Detention Center? This page will tell you all about anything related to Pickens County Detention Center,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Booking and intake procedures. Court information and records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary situation, not only for whoever gets locked up, but also their family and friends. This guide is designed to give information and tips you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have specific questions, just ask it in the comment section below, and also any feedback or comments that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Pickens County Detention Center
216 Lec Road
Pickens, SC 29671

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (864) 898-5541
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is locked up and want to find them?

Has someone who has been arrested and you need to find out where they are?

To look up who’s in jail at Pickens County Detention Center you should go to their web site and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Pickens County Detention Center Inmate Search is an online list of people who have been arrested, which includes status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. You can also get info about anybody booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their inmate information fast if you have your friend or family member’s first and last name, date of birth, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one might be in a different jail you will want to check the other South Carolina county jails in our South Carolina County Jail Guide: South Carolina County Jails Listing


Mugshots

A mugshot, or jail booking picture, is a photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile picture. Your full name and intake number will be in the photos, and they are kept on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of inmates can be found online, or you can view them at the Pickens County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to put in the person’s full name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Pickens County Detention Center website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that all of your arrest records will be sealed, and will not be available 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 taken down, the many different mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal services: 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 in jail, your only thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is set by the magistrate. If no bail is set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out you must promise to be there for your court date, and in the meantime you can’t leave the area.

In most cases, an inmate are given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and act right while locked up.

If you follow the rules, you may be granted work release. You will have to return to jail every day after work, or you could be permitted to live in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Your bail is money that you will be required to pay to get out of jail until your trial. Your bail amount is determined by the seriousness of your charges. You will need to put up 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get discharged from jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, whoever put up your bail money won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

You have to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will tell you how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount online.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but fortunately, it is easy. To start with, figure out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond. If this is the case, you will not be able to use the services of a bondsman. Take cash only to the jail – they won’t take checks. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the person will be discharged. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you will get this money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you just can’t afford it, you should look into the services of a bail bondsman. Bondsmen usually have a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. This will not be returned to you and has to be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might request to use your assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a local bail bondsman click here: Find a Bail Bondsman in Pickens County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process is made up of these steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • The first step is that you have to answer a number of questions, like what is your legal name, home address, birth date and a contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be given an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • You will be allowed to use the telephone in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you think you will get released quickly, you might be allowed to skip the jumpsuit and keep wearing your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to wear a jail jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. Getting discharged from jail can take from 10 minutes to all day. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will get released. It also might depend on whether or not you have a cash bond or if a judge needs to figure out the amount of bail to be set. For minor charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and know the discharge date, plan to get released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

out against you, or if you have to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go down to the jail, and tell an officer that believe that there could be a warrant for your arrest. A record check will be run, and if there is one, you will be taken into jail custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go down to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order lists. Ensure that you aren’t late. Just bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates have to give information about each visitor to the jail in advance of any visit. Your visitors will be entered in the visitors log for the inmate that requested the visitor. All visitors is required to provide identification. Visitors arriving late or without a visiting order will not be able to attend visitation.
The Pickens County Detention Center visitation procedures can change, so you should check the official jail site before you go.

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 . Jail phone calls are generally more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind lots of people want to use the phone – so you have to share. If you break the jail rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Pickens County Detention Center phone number is: (864) 898-5541

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other form of delivery. You have to clearly write or type the person’s name, prisoner number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Do not mail anything in a box or package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by the jail administration, and will be returned if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

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

Pickens County Detention Center
216 Lec Road
Pickens, SC 29671

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Pickens County Detention Center
216 Lec Road
Pickens, SC 29671


The mail policy at Pickens County Detention Center changes, so you should double check the the Pickens County Detention Center website before you send a letter.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

When you’ve been arrested, you have certain rights, and an important one is the right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so it is important to get a friend or relative to find a lawyer when you call them. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t need a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You can represent yourself if you reall want to, but, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, look after your best interests and help you understand the legal system in Pickens County. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more information about this subject, click here: How to Find a Lawyer in Pickens County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford an attorney, you will get a public defender. Also, the Public Defender has a number of staff such as private investigators, experts in forensics and case workers. Public Defenders are real lawyers who are members of the South Carolina State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? What was your experience?

Court Records

All 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 with a docket and all of the documents and motions that have been filed. You are able to access court records via the internet service, or at the Clerk of Court’s office where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an official part of the court who manages court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath in a court case, and also read the court verdict when the jury has finished deliberations. All records associated with your court case are kept at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the fees and charges from your case, such as filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The Pickens County magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. They do several different things, such as setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court proceedings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A defendant’s pre-sentencing report is completed with information about your background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will take into consideration when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the defendant, his or her family members, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to have your own copy of your pre-sentencing report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be given a sentence for your crime. There are a number of different options, ranging from community service to probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you will either be taken into custody, right there in court, or given a date that you are supposed to to surrender and report to jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you should access the Pickens County jail website and do an inmate search lookup, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birth date.
  • Their booking date if you know it.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail confirm whether they’ve been arrested or not.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants on the Pickens County jail website or you can call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and ask them. You should know that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you will be taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

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

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by going to the Pickens County Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders must be listed and registered on both a national and state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex crime. You are able to see these listings on the website, but keep in mind that you will not see the street address, but rather 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. These records include a case file containing a court docket and any filings and documents filed in the court case. You can access your court records online, or at the Pickens County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of a person’s criminal history. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. You are able to go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and if the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay a fee for a more intensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Theft.

When you do a criminal history search, you won’t be able to see if they had:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your account might help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Pickens County,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of getting locked up in Pickens County Detention Center is no fun, in time you will get accustomed to the daily routine. Expect an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then get breakfast. After 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 Pickens 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 Pickens 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 people in jail is always changing, so you should check the official Pickens County Detention Center 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 Pickens County Detention Center

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

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you know someone that is an inmate there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate at Pickens County Detention Center?

    If so, then please write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced so others will know what to expect.

    Things you can include in what you write:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Commissary and food
    • Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Inmate activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Everybody who’s been arrested and thrown in jail has a story to tell. Why’d you end up in jail? How did the guards treat you? What was it like in jail? Were the other inmates cool? How has this experience impacted your life?

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