Visitation is an important component of the rehabilitation process and is conducted in the least restrictive manner possible while meeting requirements of safety, security, classification, and space availability. Click here to review visitation guidelines: Rules for Visitors
NEW ADDRESS TO MAIL ALL APPLICATIONS: The Division of Visitation and Inmate Drug Testing (Visitation) processes applications for visiting privileges. The address where applications are originally to be mailed has been updated to: Division of Visitation and I/M DT, P. O. Box 212969, Columbia, South Carolina, 29221. The Agency's Visitation Inquiry Line may be reached at 803-896-1838. For questions regarding the visitation application process, press #1; for up-to-date information about prisons that have canceled visitation because of security concerns, press #2. Then, you should leave a message with a valid phone number and staff will return your call within 24-48 "business hours".
Each inmate in the S. C. Department of Corrections is allowed to have a maximum of fifteen (15) approved visitors on his/her visiting list. Each inmate is provided with "Request for Visiting Privileges" forms (SCDC Form 19-127) to send to his/her prospective visitors. The only way for an individual to receive a visiting privileges form is from the inmate who wants them to visit. These forms are provided to each inmate upon arrival in the Department of Corrections Reception and Evaluation Center and are available to inmates in all institutions throughout the state. Every individual must complete this form and forward it to Visitation through the Central Visitation Center for processing. The form is reviewed by staff and the information is entered into the automated system. If the form is missing any required information, the form is returned to the sender for proper completion.
Once the application form has been properly completed, submitted, and approved, the individual is added to the inmate's visiting list. An inmate is provided a copy of his approved visiting list once a week if a change is made during that week. IT IS THE INMATE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ADVISE HIS/HER VISITOR(S) OF THEIR APPROVAL.
Minor children that are on the APPROVED visiting list must be accompanied by an adult and will be allowed to visit only if they are the inmate's brothers and sisters, the inmate's children (natural or legally adopted), the inmate's stepchildren, grandchildren, or step grandchildren. When an individual arrives at an institution to visit, everyone age 10 and older must present a public safety picture identification. Those under age 10 must show a copy of their long-form birth certificate. Certain criteria must be met before an inmate who wishes to have minor niece/nephew(s) visit. This information is available to the inmates at their institution, but first and foremost the inmate must be incarcerated at least three consecutive years.
Upon arriving at the institution, the visitor must state the name and SCDC number of the inmate they wish to visit. This information is entered into the automated system and if the individual is listed on the inmate's approved visiting list, a visitor's pass will be generated for the individual. [Inmates may only have one visit per day; therefore, all visitors must be together.]
Inmates are not allowed to have visitors during the reception and evaluation process unless they remain in the Reception and Evaluation Center longer than thirty (30) days and the visitor is on the approved visiting list. After thirty (30) days only an inmates' parents, grandparents, spouse, and/or children are eligible to visit at R&E. In order to schedule a visit at R&E on the approved list after 30 days, contact 896-2000 between the hours of 8:00-12:00 on Mondays and Tuesdays ONLY.
The institution where the inmate is housed should be contacted directly concerning the visiting days and times appropriate to that facility. Addresses and telephone numbers for all institutions are provided in the Institutions section of this web site.