Union County Jail – Union, SC

Union County Jail is located in Union County, South Carolina and is the jail for this county. Do you know someone locked up at Union County Jail? This guide will tell you about anything a person needs to know about Union County Jail,like: How to locate an inmate at Union County Jail. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s address and phone number. Bail and how to get out of jail. Union County Jail intake procedures. Union County court information. And much, much more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for the person who gets arrested, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to give you all the info that you’ll need to make going to jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask them, and any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Union County Jail
1663 Jonesville Highway
Union, SC 29379

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 864-429-2818
Fax Number:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you know someone that is locked up and need to contact them?

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

In order to look up who is in jail at Union County Jail you will need to navigate to their link and use the inmate search.

Inmate Lookup

The Union County Jail Inmate Lookup has information on persons who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can get information about anybody booked or discharged in the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to locate their inmate information quicker if you enter your friend or family member’s name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another jail you will want to check our guide to other South Carolina jails: South Carolina County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, or intake picture, is the photo that the jail takes when you are processed at the jail intake. A mugshot is actually two photos one frontal photo and a side picture. Your name and booking number will be in the photos, and they will be on file at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of Union County Jail inmates can be searched online, or you can go in person to the Union County Jail. When viewing mugshots online you will have to put in the inmate’s name, and the arrest date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken off of the Union County Jail website? This may not be possible, because the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and will not be available to the public. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different websites with mugshots, and the mugshot removal services: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Once you’re locked up, your primary thought is about how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, your bail amount is decided by a special judge called a magistrate. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until that date you must not leave the county.

In most cases, prisoners at Union County Jail are given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and area a good inmate while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be allowed to participate in work release. Either you will have to return to the jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you might be allowed to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is money that you are required to pay in order to be released from jail until you go to court. The amount you will have to pay depends on what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will have to pay 10 percent of the total that was determined so you are able to get out of jail. If you don’t show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose all of the bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will have to call the jail. If you have all the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also find out how much their bail is on the Union County Jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is never fun, but fortunately, it’s simple to do if you have the money. To start with, find out if their bail is a Cash Only Bond situation. If it is, you won’t be able to use a Bail Bondsman. Cash only – the jail can’t take a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the inmate will be released into your care. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it yourself, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen will generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the bail amount, and in most cases with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bail bondsman will use your assets as collateral in addition to the fee they charge.

You can find a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a 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 includes the following steps:

  • They’ll put you in a holding cell. When the jail is busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • Firstly, you will have to answer a number of questions, like your legal name, street address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your medical and mental history.
  • You will be issued an inmate number.
  • You will be fingerprinted.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • They will allow you to use the phone to get in touch with a member of your family, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you might get to keep wearing street clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you will be issued a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be allowed to go home after you get discharged. The discharge process will take from 10 minutes to quite a few hours. In simple terms, the faster you can pay your bail, the faster you will get discharged from jail. Also, it might depend on whether you’ve got a bond amount or if the judge must figure out the bail amount. For minor charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and are given a release date, expect to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

for your arrest, or if you need to report to start a sentence, you should do the right thing and turn yourself into the authorities. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail, and tell the intake officer that believe that there could be a warrant out for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, like a driver’s license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, and a sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list the name and date of birth of each visitor to the jail before anyone can visit them. Your visitor’s names will be put in a Visiting log for the requesting inmate. Every visitor must provide acceptable photo identification. Visitors showing up late or that is not on the visitation list will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Union County Jail are always changing, so we suggest that you visit the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . These phone calls are usually more costly than phone calls made outside of jail. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that there are a limited number of phones, so all the inmates must share phone time. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, an inmate’s ability to use the phone may be limited or totally denied.

Phone Number: 864-429-2818

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You shouldn’t use any other type of delivery. You should print the person’s name, prisoner number, and the jail address on the letter that you send. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with any metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates is opened and read and inspected by the jail officers, and will be sent back if deemed inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Union County Jail is:

Union County Jail
1663 Jonesville Highway
Union, SC 29379

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Union County Jail
1663 Jonesville Highway
Union, SC 29379


The Union County Jail inmate mail policy changes, so it would be best to check the site when you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is your right to request an attorney. You won’t get many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to locate 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’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the criminal justice system in Union County. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more detailed information on how to find an attorney, read: How to Find a Lawyer in Union County

Public Defender

If you are in trouble, but can’t afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender is staffed by independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are full-fledged lawyers who are admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Union County court records are are public records and are available upon request. They are comprised of a file containing a docket sheet and all of the motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed. You have the ability 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 Union County Clerk of Court is an official part of the court that maintains the records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath during court cases, and read the jury’s verdict. All records associated with your court case are maintained at the office of the Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are all costs associated with your court case, such as filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that rules over your case. Magistrates do a number of different things, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over preliminary court hearings and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is completed with your background information and as much detail about the arrestee’s life, which the judge will take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be requested from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some circumstances the victim of the crime. Be sure to remember you are able to ask to receive a copy of this report prior to sentencing, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

After being convicted of a crime, you will then get sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be immediately taken into custody, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to query the jail’s website, and do a search using:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

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

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, you can access court records on the Union County court website or you can call the jail directly. You have to have the person’s first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and ask one of the officers. Keep in mind 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 their arrest date, contact the Union County jail, by 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 someone has been served with papers, like , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by getting in touch with the Union County Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered and listed 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 offense. You are able to see this information online, but you should know that you can’t get the precise address, just the block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. These records include a case file that includes a court docket and any of the documents filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at the Union County Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to the Union County Courthouse and make an inquiry, or check online. It helps to know the county, and in the event that the crime was in a totally different state, you may have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up a person’s crminal records you will be able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

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

When you do a criminal history search, you generally will not see if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How hard was it? Dis you do your search online or did you have to call the Union County courthouse? Did you get information that was correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your account might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

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

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Just the thought of getting locked up in Union County Jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon get accustomed to the daily routine there. You should expect a wake-up alarm every morning at 6:00 AM, and next they’ll do roll call. Then you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to 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 Union 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 Union 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 inmates at Union County Jail could change, so we suggest that you double check the official Union County Jail site when send funds 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 Union County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Union 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 Union County Jail

    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:

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

    The definition of victim includes:

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

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

    Victim Notification

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

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

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

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

    Domestic Violence

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

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


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been incarcerated in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit an inmate in this jail?

    If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Tell us about your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Safety
    • Gang activity
    • Activities and programs


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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 life in jail? What about the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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