Lexington County Detention Center – Lexington, SC

Lexington County Detention Center is in Lexington County and is the primary correctional facility for this area. Looking for someone locked up in Lexington County Detention Center? This guide will tell you information about anything one might want to know about Lexington County Detention Centersuch as the following: Find out who’s in jail at Lexington County Detention Center? Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s phone number and address. Bail and how to get out of jail. Lexington County Detention Center intake procedures. Court records. And everything else.

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The prospect of going to jail is a scary situation, not only for the person who is incarcerated, but also that person’s friends and family. The goal of this guide is to offer info that you’ll need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it in the comment section below, and any tips or comments that could help others is much appreciated.

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Lexington County Detention Center
P.O. Box 2019
Lexington, SC 29071-2019

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (803) 785-2743
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that has gone to jail and want to locate them?

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

To find out who is in jail at Lexington County Detention Center you will have to go to their link and perform an inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Lexington County Detention Center Inmate Roster has information on persons who have been arrested and are in custody, which includes current status, how much their bail is, and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you are able to find information on anybody arrested and processed or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their arrest information faster if you have their name, birth date, or arrest number.

If your friend or loved one is incarcerated at a different jail you should check our South Carolina county jail guide: South Carolina County Jails Listing


A mugshot, also called a booking photograph, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. A mugshot is make of one and one profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they’re stored.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Lexington County Detention Center prisoners can be searched online, or you can view them at the Lexington County Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to put in the prisoner’s legal name, and an arrest date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Do you want to have your mugshot taken off of the Lexington County Detention Center website? This will be difficult, as the mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest will be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

Read our indepth tutorial about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, 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

Of course, if you are locked up, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve been booked, bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If there is no bail 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 are released you will have to agree to go to your court date, and until then you will not be permitted to travel out of the county.

In most cases, an inmate will be given time off for good behavior if they respect the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to the jail each day when you’re finished with work, or you might get to move to a halfway house when you are not working.


Bail is how much money that you have to pay in order to be released from jail pending trial. Your bail amount depends on how serious your charges are. You will need to pay to the courts 10% of the amount set in order for you to be released. If you don’t go to 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

In order to find out how much someon’s bail is, you will have to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know the bail amount. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Lexington County Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Posting bail to get out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it is very simple to do. To start with, you need to find out if they have a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to use a bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they won’t accept a check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will be released. 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 you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10-15% of the total bail amount, and usually charge a minimum of $100. This will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will usually request to use assets as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

To contact a local bail bondsman visit our page about: Find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For 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 intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you will have to wait, sometimes for many hours, before you get processed.
  • The first thing you will have to to is you must answer some basic questions, like what is your full name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your psychological and medical history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have a front and profile photo taken for your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get discharged from jail.
  • They will allow you to make a phone call in order to call family, friends, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released quickly, you might be allowed to keep wearing street clothes, if not you you will have to wear a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once bail has been posted, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged from jail may take anywhere between 30 minutes to many hours. So, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you can get out of jail. Also, it will depend on whether or not you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to determine how much your bail will be. For minor offenses, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have served out your jail sentence and are given a date of your release, you should expect to be discharged 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 really should follow the rules 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 for your arrest. They will check to see if you have a warrant, and if so, you will be taken into jail custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, report to the jail on the date and time that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Ensure that you get don’t get there late, or they may decide to arrest you. Make sure that you only bring allowed items when you go to jail, such as a driver’s license or photo ID, any prescription medication you might take, and the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

To have visitors, you need to provide each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s names will go into the visitation log as an approved visitor. Every visitor must provide identification. Any visitors arriving late or any visitors that are not approved to visit will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Lexington County Detention Center can change, so make sure that you visit the official jail site before you go to visitation.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . Calls made in jail are typically pricier than phone calls made at home. Inmates are able to make phone calls, with restrictions on when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear 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, phone privileges might get reduced or totally denied.

The Lexington County Detention Center phone number is: (803) 785-2743

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail has to be sent using the US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail delivery. You must write the person’s name, inmate ID number, and the address of the jail on the envelope. Do not mail a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. All mail will be opened and reviewed by the staff, and will be sent back to the person who mailed it if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Lexington County Detention Center is:

Lexington County Detention Center
P.O. Box 2019
Lexington, SC 29071-2019

Here is how you should address the letter:

Lexington County Detention Center
P.O. Box 2019
Lexington, SC 29071-2019

The inmate mail policy at Lexington County Detention Center changes, so it would be best to double check the the Lexington 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 particular rights, and an important one is that you have the right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so it is a good idea to have a friend or relative locate a lawyer when you call them. You might be asking yourself ‘but do I really need an attorney’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a criminal defense attorney will advise you about your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in your county. The sooner you hire an attorney to represent you and work on your criminal case, the better.

To read more about this, go to: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and cannot afford a lawyer, you will be assigned a public defender. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has access to independent investigators, experts in forensics and social case workers. Public Defenders are real attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar and are legally licensed to handle your case.

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

Court Records

Court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file with a docket and every documents in the case. You can access your court case records via the Lexington County website, or by going to the Lexington County Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Lexington County Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court who maintains court records and controls access to them. They also administer the oath for anyone testifying in court, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records and documents related to your court case are kept and available to you at Lexington County Clerk of Court office.


Court fees are the charges and fees associated with 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 may not have to pay the fees.


A Magistrate acts as the judge who presides on your court case. Magistrate judges do different functions, like setting bail, issuing warrants, and presiding over preliminary court appearances and detention hearings.


A pre-sentencing report is completed to include information about your background and details of the arrestee’s life and public history, which the magistrate will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be gathered from the person on trial, his or her family, and in some cases the victim in the crime. Remember you are able to ask to see a copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, and make sure that you correct the mistakes.


If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are a number of different options, which include community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you may be taken into custody, right there in court, or you could receive a date that you are supposed to turn yourself into jail to serve out your sentence.

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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Do you want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been locked up?

To find this out you will have to visit the Lexington County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or jail ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you should call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check arrest warrants inquiry online or you can call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. You can also go to the local jail and inquire at the information desk. You should be clear that if there is a warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and the date of their arrest, contact the jail, by phone, in person, or find out online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are freely available.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can find these by contacting the Sheriff’s office, on their website or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are listed and registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex offense. You can access this information on the internet, but you should know that you won’t see the exact address, rather the neighborhood block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a court case file that includes a docket and any of the documents filed in your court case. You can access court records on the internet, or at the Lexington County Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These databases are all connected so you are able to track criminal convictions from another state. You can go to courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. You must know which county the crime occured in, and in the event that it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for any crimes, which can include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug Possession of Drug Trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Property crimes like theft or larceny.

But, when you do a criminal records check, you will not be able to find out if that person has had any moving violations, like:

  • Speeding or wreckless driving.
  • Lost their drivers license or license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Other moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for driving histories, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever needed to find criminal records? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you call the local courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are many reasons that folks search for criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Lexington County,The Sheriff’s Department maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Lexington County jail is quite unpleasant, soon you will settle into the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm to wake up at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. Following breakfast you will be required to work in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Lexington 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 Lexington 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 money to Lexington County Detention Center inmates could change, so you should review the the Lexington County Detention Center website when send money to someone in jail there.


    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.


    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.


    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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    Types of Jobs at Lexington County Detention Center

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


    • 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 of this Jail

    Have you ever been an inmate at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited an inmate there?

    If you have, then you should write your review about it. Tell us about what you experienced because other people will know what to expect.

    What to write in your review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate activities and programs

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    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 get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell your story about when you did time at Lexington County Detention Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Need to reconnect with an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

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  1. when someone is arrested and their bond is too much and they ask the court for a reduction in bond, how long does it take for this to be done. not actual time limit but just a average time on this.

  2. I recently had a man I was in a long term relationship arrested for murder/attempted murder that is the main charge among others. He was stealing and fired on police. I know him like no other knows him, I know in my heart he did not have intent to harm or murder anyone especially a police officer. I know he is sorry, he regrets doing what he did becuz it took him away from his 17 month old baby girl and his fiance. When this man is good and when he is bad he is bad…We had our fights, n ups n downs,but I love him. I know right from wrong, what he did was wrong and by no means do I agree with stealing from hard workers to take care of your family, but he did and it went way overboard. I feel becuz I know him he was trying to give himself time to get away to come home to his family. He did not think of the what if….what if he couldn’t control the part of someone being hurt. I am not making excuses for him, I know my and his daughters life with him are gone, but he is a dad, fiance well was a fiance to me, a son,brother,friend,n cousin to people who loved him… Honestly , all he had was me and mine n his kids, his family is garbage n I guarentee they had a hand in his tips to have him caught,out of jealousy . But seriously put yourself in that position if it was your loved one you don’t want others bad mothering them.. It, is hurtful to hear lies and BS… Like I said I don’t approve of his decisions,but he is still the man I loved and my daughters father,he deserves to be punished, but not for the rest of his life.. I just wish all you with nothing nice to say would shut your mouths,and if u haven’t been where I am what the hell do y’all know n e way? And karma is a b*tch, and y’all got it coming too.

    • 1st off, the purpose of this comment section is to give a review of the facility…you used it as a platform to contradict yourself & justify his actions (if he loved you so much why was he ok with putting his family in that position?). I’m in the same position with my husband of 12yrs. If you choose the behavior, you choose the consequences. Focus on your child instead of blameshifting.

  3. Doshia drafts says:

    How can they keep my men locked up n he was sentenced to 90 days not 120 they said his released date is march 21st ive done talk to clerk of court she said that aint right .he post to have 90 days it was discussed in court i was their i heard it .90 days n plus he been working for the jail n the majors been telling him we will caculate ur time n get u on home. His post to been out yall ive been sick n i hate to say it but i will go over everybadys head to the higher courts n take into action like i did in kentucky .its wrong dead wrong …n plus ue didnt yell at the judge he just wanted to get thimgs straight n tell him ehat happen n why the judge was the one being mean maybe cause he had a rough morning why? We didnt cause u no problems u have kids grandkids n the kids arwnt his that a drug addict claiming their his not true at all .she just want money we all know that herion addict ….she shouldnt have her kids he should joseph drafts is a kind hard working men too n if i have to ill pay his fine jist let him loose give him a fine u want my check lets get it .plus he has a job when he get out .so why not get this stuff staright beforw everything get ugly jist not me saying this but his whole family says so too .

  4. Tiffany C Scott says:

    I have a fiance that is currently in Lexington County detention Center and now that he is on confinement we are not aloud to talk on the phone for 5 days! How can the disciplinary action BE SO HARSH? I AM DEFINITELY NOT A MAN AND I THANK GOD BECAUSE NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE IS GOING THROUGH NOR I! I pray that ONE DAY THE LAWS ON THE INSIDE AS WELL AS THE OUTSIDE IMPROVE FOR THE BETTER AND BECOME safer for US ALL

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