Sending Mail to an Inmate

All incoming inmate mail must be clearly marked with the inmate’s legal name, SCDC number, living unit, full name of the institution, street address, city, state, and zip code with a complete return address in the upper left-hand corner. However, every effort is made to deliver all mail received at every institution.

All mail will be opened and inspected by postal staff prior to being delivered to the inmate. Legal mail is opened and inspected in the presence of the inmate. Mail is not read unless there is reason to believe illegal activity or activity in violations of Agency rules and regulations is present.

Inmates are not allowed to receive cash, stamps, any writing materials, anything to eat, drink, or smoke. General population inmates may receive books, magazines, newspapers if they are sent directly from the publisher or from a publication supplier (licensed bookstore) and if they are paid for in advance. Inmates in lock up areas are limited as to what they may receive.

It is best to contact the inmate to inquire as to what is and what is not allowed before sending anything other than a letter.


Telephone Calls

The State of South Carolina has selected Global Tel*Link Corporation as the Inmate Telephone System Services Provider for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. 

GTL was selected over its competitors for its industry-leading inmate calling system and communications solutions to provide services to both inmates and families. 

Rate Structure

Calls to anywhere in the US will be billed at a single flat rate for 15 minutes, 
with a discount applied for pre-paid calls:

  • Collect call of up to 15 minutes:   $1.53
  • Pre-Paid call of up to 15 minutes:   $1.29


  • Inmates admitted to SCDC will be issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN) within one week of their admission to enable them to place calls as allowed by the institutional schedule.



Victim Notificatons

The Department of Corrections provides notification for: 

-Community Labor Crew Placement
-Work Program Placement
-Institutional Transfers
-Parole Hearings For Victims of Inmates Sentenced Under the Youthful Offender Act
-Sexually Violent Predator Act Review
-Early Release To Supervised Furlough II Program
-Completion of Prison Sentence
-Court-Ordered Releases
-Escape and Recapture
-Death of Inmate

South Carolina has a constitutional amendment pertaining to the rights of crime victims.

The South Carolina Code of Laws requires the department to provide a notice of release– a temporary, provisional or final release from custody–and to provide a notice of escape. Additionally, for registered victims who have provided a home telephone number to the department, the South Carolina Automated Victim Notification System is used to provide notifications of transfers between facilities.

The notification program is designed to offer information to the registered victim and, where appropriate, to allow for the victim’s inclusion in the decision-making process. 

The automated notification system calls registered victims following an offender’s transfer from one facility to another. Notices of release from custody …



Crime Prevention

The South Carolina Department of Corrections recognizes the importance of public awareness and crime prevention and currently offers two crime prevention/public awareness programs for schools, colleges, law enforcement, churches, civic and business groups throughout South Carolina. 

Operation Get Smart  was implemented in 1976 and for more than 35 years this program has been an intricate component in our crime prevention efforts. Operation Get Smart consists of a carefully screened team of inmates that travel the state speaking to youth and adults about actions which led to their involvement in crime and the consequences of criminal behavior. 

Operation Behind Bars  was implemented in 1992 and this program utilizes a more realistic approach with the participants rather than scare tactics. The program is targeted toward young adults, allows each participant to tour a prison facility and then hear inmates give realistic accounts of actions that led to their criminal behavior, the effects of incarceration and day to day prison life. Currently, there are 14 prisons located throughout the state that participate in the Operation Behind Bars program.



Prison Industries

The Division of Industries serves the Department of Corrections and the state of South Carolina by employing and training inmates. This training oriented work allows the inmates to return to society with skills that will enable them to become useful and productive citizens.
In pursuit of this objective, the cost of incarceration is offset through inmate wages, and quality products and services are provided to qualified businesses and organizations at substantial savings.

Three programs operate within Prison Industries: TraditionalService and Prison Industry Enterprise (PIE).