South Carolina Inmate Search

South Carolina

About South Carolina Department of Corrections

The South Carolina Department of Corrections is the agency responsible for keeping and maintaining an updated database for offenders serving out their sentence in South Carolina state prisons. 

The database can be located on the South Carolina Department of Corrections website. The database only features inmates who are currently sitting in a South Carolina state prison. 

The database does not include those individuals who are on parole, county detention centers, probation, or released from prison or other community type supervision. You can search the database by the inmates first and last name, their SCDC number, and their state identification number. 
 

Basic Information

Department Name South Carolina Department of Corrections
Official Website http://www.doc.sc.gov/
Currently Incarcerated Inmates http://public.doc.state.sc.us/scdc-public/
Location PO Box 21787 4444 Broad River Road Columbia SC 29210
Phone Number 803-896-8500

How to Do an Inmate Search in South Carolina

When an offender is housed in a state prison, they are property of the Department of Corrections Division. As stated above every state’s Department of Corrections Division has their own jail roster or database that the general public may use.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections offender search database can be found on the official South Carolina Department of Corrections website.

You can search the inmate list by using the following pieces of information:

The SCDC number will take precedence during all searches. The SCDC is an eight-digit number. All incoming inmates will be assigned their SCDC number by the South Carolina Department of Corrections. This will be the easiest and quickest way to locate an inmate.

If you decide to enter their SCDC number in the field provided, you will NOT need to enter their first and last name. However, the SCDC field will only show results for the EXACT number you have entered, so you will want to double check, if no results pop up.

If you don’t know the inmate’s SCDC number or there are no search results for the SCDC number you plugged in, the next thing you can do is search by the inmate’s first and last name.

When you finally get some search results, you will see a list of all inmates that fit the criteria you plugged in. This is not a release search. All inmates are currently sitting behind bars.

You will see the following pieces of information in the South Carolina jails inmate search:

You can click on the inmate’s name to bring up their own personal file. When you do this, you will see the following information:

Who’s in Jail

As we stated above, the only prisons you will be able to find in the South Carolina inmate search are state-operated facilities. All city and county jails are NOT in this database whatsoever. 

In the state of South Carolina, there are 37 state prisons. These prisons are available in the above database. All other prisons that are not listed below will NOT come up in the roster. Keep this in mind when searching for an inmate in the South Carolina prison inmate lookup database brought to you by the South Carolina Department of Corrections. 

Looking for who’s in jail in city and county jails will be more difficult than trying to find out who’s in jail in a state or a federal prison. There is typically not much information on these smaller jails. A lot of city jails do not even supply an inmate database to the general public. However, it is not impossible to locate an inmate in one of those facilities, if you know exactly who to seek out with your questions. 

As far as county jails, majority of county jails will be managed and operated by that county’s Sheriff’s department. They will be the agency, you should reach out to if you believe the person you are looking for is in a county jail. 

As far as city jails, majority of city jails do not have much information about them. They are typically just holding pens for inmates to be transferred out to their “permanent” jail. If you believe the person you are looking for is in a city jail, it is best to contact that cities corrections division. You can typically find all department information on the city’s official website.
 

Jail Roster and Mugshots

The South Carolina Department of Corrections offender search database is updated regularly. It is typically updated during normal business hours. You will notice that inmate’s information can change quite frequently. Especially, if they have court proceedings and such.

If you have any questions or want to have the updated information, you will be required to contact the facility that the inmate is in. They will have the utmost updated information available on the inmate.

If you believe the information on an inmate is incorrect, you will want to contact the facility in which the inmate is held to dispute the information.

In the jail roster, you will also find the inmate’s mugshot. This mugshot is taken when an inmate is being booked and processed into a state prison. The mugshots typically do not change unless an inmate is getting transferred into another state prison facility.

You can also use the VINELink (VINE) to get notifications on inmate’s moving throughout the system. You will need to select the state of South Carolina. You will then want to select that you are searching for an offender or a defendant.

You will need to click the notification section of the inmate’s profile to get notified through text, calls, or email. When they make any changes to their VINE account, you’ll get notified in real-time.

Sex Offender Search

You may notice that there is not a way to search for sex offenders in the South Carolina inmate search. That’s because the sex offender search is in a whole different database. Just like the SCDC inmate look up this database is available to the general public to use also.

The sex offender database can be found on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

You can search this database by the following pieces of information:

Keep in mind that you will be able to search the database by either the offender's name or the address fields.

This offender search is strictly for offenders that are NOT in a state prison. These offenders are out on their own in the community.

When you do a successful search, you will see the following information:

Types of Correctional Facilities in South Carolina

List of Correctional Facilities in South Carolina

There are 104 jails and prisons in South Carolina.
Showing 1 – 50 of 104 results
Correctional Facility Name Type County
John G. Richards Youth Detention Center State Prison Richland County
Abbeville County Jail County Jail Abbeville County
Allendale County Detention Center County Jail Allendale County
Aiken County Detention Center County Jail Aiken County
Anderson County Detention Center SC County Jail Anderson County
Bamberg County Detention Center County Jail Bamberg County
Beaufort County Detention Center County Jail Beaufort County
Barnwell County Detention Center County Jail Barnwell County
Berkeley County Hill-Finklea Detention Center County Jail Berkeley County
Calhoun County Sheriff's Jail County Jail Calhoun County
Charleston County - Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center County Jail Charleston County
Charleston County Work Camp County Jail Charleston County
Charleston County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Charleston County
Cherokee County Detention Center County Jail Cherokee County
Chester County Detention Center County Jail Chester County
Chesterfield County Detention Center County Jail Chesterfield County
Clarendon County Detention Center County Jail Clarendon County
Chesterfield County Work Camp County Jail Chesterfield County
Clarendon County Jail County Jail Clarendon County
Colleton County Detention Center County Jail Colleton County
Darlington County Detention Center County Jail Darlington County
Darlington County Prison Camp County Jail Darlington County
Dillon County Detention Center County Jail Dillon County
Dorchester County Detention Center County Jail Dorchester County
Dorchester County Jail Annex County Jail Dorchester County
Edgefield County Detention Center County Jail Edgefield County
Fairfield County Detention Center County Jail Fairfield County
Florence County Detention Center County Jail Florence County
Georgetown County Detention Center County Jail Georgetown County
Georgetown County Sheriff's Office County Jail Administration Georgetown County
Greenville County Detention Center County Jail Greenville County
Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center County Jail Greenville County
Greenwood County Detention Center County Jail Greenwood County
Jasper County Detention Center County Jail Jasper County
Hampton County Detention Center County Jail Hampton County
Horry County - J. Reuben Long Detention Center County Jail Horry County
Kershaw County Detention Center County Jail Kershaw County
Lancaster County Detention Center County Jail Lancaster County
Laurens County Detention Center County Jail Laurens County
Lee County Jail County Jail Lee County
Marion County Detention Center County Jail Marion County
Lexington County Detention Center County Jail Lexington County
Marlboro County Detention Center County Jail Marlboro County
Myrtle Beach Jail City Jail Horry County
McCormick County Detention Center County Jail McCormick County
Oconee County Jail County Jail Oconee County
Newberry County Jail County Jail Newberry County
Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center County Jail Orangeburg County
Pickens County Detention Center County Jail Pickens County
Allendale Correctional Institution State Prison Allendale County
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