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Berkeley County Detention Center

Berkeley County Detention Center
300 California Avenue
Moncks Center, SC 29461

(843) 719-4546

The Berkeley County Detention Center is the main jail in Berkeley County South Carolina. While the police in the cities and towns in Berkeley County can arrest and detain offenders, the Berkeley County Detention Center is the facility that is accredited by South Carolina to hold inmates for more than 72 hours.

The Berkeley County Detention Center, located at:
300 California Avenue
Moncks Center, SC 29461 
can be reached 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at (843) 719-4546.

The main reason that people call (843) 719-4546 is to find out if a particular person is in custody, although you can look up an inmate online by going here. You can also get answers to whatever questions about an inmate, and the services for Berkeley County Detention Center that you may have by clicking on any of the questions below:

How to search for an inmate?
Can you look up an inmate’s mugshot?
How do you look up an offender’s criminal charges, bond or inmate number?
How do you visit an inmate?
What are the visitation hours?
Can you visit inmates in Berkeley County by video from home?
How do you get phone calls from an inmate?
Can you send mail, books, or newspapers to an inmate?
How do you send an inmate money?
Does Berkeley County Detention Center have inmate commissary?
Can an inmate receive and/or send email or text messages?
Do inmates in Berkeley County have access to computers or tablets?
How do you pay an inmate’s bail or bond?

Every year the Berkeley County Detention Center has approximately 4640 bookings, with a daily average of 232 inmates and maintains control of the facility with a staff of 58.

Inmates in this jail range from low level misdemeanor offenders to those being held and awaiting trial for violent crimes like robbery, rape, and murder. Therefore, given the mix of potentially dangerous inmates, the security level is very high. 

The Berkeley County Detention Center is equipped with a state-of-the-art locking system, closed circuit cameras covering every area where inmates are located, and jail staff that utilize a communication system that keeps each of the guards and civilian staff in constant contact. 

Guards that circulate in the same general area of the inmates are armed with eye-blinding mace that will turn an inmate having a violent outburst into a weeping child. They also carry stun weapons, short clubs, flashlights that have dual use as both a light source and as a weapon, and handcuffs. Guards at entrances and in areas not frequented by inmates are armed with various firearms. The goal of such tight security is to keep both the staff and the inmates safe.

For other jails in Berkeley County, jails in neighboring counties, and local police jails and juvenile detention centers for young offenders under age 18 in this county, click here.

Unlike the South Carolina Department of Corrections, where inmates are sent once convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of more than a year, the Berkeley County Jail System is populated by short-term offenders; those who have just been arrested and awaiting to be bonded out by friends or family, those who cannot afford or get bailed and are awaiting trial, or those who have already been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a term of less than one year. Many of the latter inmates become ‘workers’, who can reduce their sentence by performing jail maintenance or working in the kitchen. An upside to being a worker is they also get paid a small stipend so when they get released, they have a few dollars in their pocket.

When an inmate is convicted and sentenced to a year or more, they are transferred to the South Carolina Department of Corrections or the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  

Inmates that are convicted of a misdemeanor and/or sentenced to less than one year of a state crime serve their time in the Berkeley County Detention Center. 

Illegal immigrants convicted of a state or federal crime will first do their time, then may be transferred into ICE custody for deportation.

How an Inmate Makes a Phone Call to You or Others from Berkeley County Detention Center

To set up a phone account so that your inmate can call you from Berkeley County do the following:

1. Enroll in an account with Securus Technologies.

2. Choose one of three account types, Securus Debit, Advance Connect or Direct Bill.
3. Choose [facility_name_1}, then connect with your inmate.
4. If you have any questions, call Securus: 972-734-1111 or 800-844-6591.

To find out fees, how to's, calling times, limits on phone calls and other systems Securus has do that you can communicate with your Berkeley County inmate, check out our Inmate Phone Page.
NOTE: All of your inmate's phone calls are recorded and stored. It is advised not to discuss their pending case.


 

How to Send and Receive Secure Text and Email Messages with an Inmate in Berkeley County Detention Center

To communicate by text or email with an Berkeley County inmate, follow these instructions:

  • To send or receive a message you MUST first open a SmartJailMail.com account.
  • Once you open an account, you may search for Berkeley County inmates or detainees to connect with.
  • When you locate the Berkeley County inmate that you want to connect with, you can send them a connection request.
  • Berkeley County Detention Center will then need to approve the request before you can send messages.

For all the information you need to send and receive secure messages in the form of text or email with a Berkeley County Detention Center inmate, including how it works, how much it costs, renting your inmate a tablet, how often you can communicate and more, check out our Text/Email an Inmate Page.
NOTE: Your messages will be monitored and stored. You may want to refrain from discussing your inmate's court case.


 

How to Send a Carepack Commissary Package Directly to an Inmate in Berkeley County

To send a commissary carepack (food, snacks and goods) directly to an inmate in Berkeley County Detention Center follow these steps:

  • Berkeley County Detention Center uses McDaniel Supply Company for their inmate commissary.
  • McDaniel Supply operates the JailPackStore website so you can order online using a credit or debit card. They will ship your order directly to your inmate at Berkeley County Detention Center.
  • JailPackStore has a very cumbersome website that requires you to:  1. register, 2. add a credit or debit card, and then 3. locate your inmate in Berkeley County before you can even see their commissary products, prices, additional fees, etc. 

NOTE: There will also be a limit on how much product you can send your inmate in Berkeley County at any one time.

For all information, tips and a list and photos of available items for shipping Commissary packages to an inmate in Berkeley County Detention Center check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Berkeley County.


 

Third Party Jail Inmate Services for Berkeley County Detention Center

Communication and Monetary Services for Family and Friends of Inmates

Gone are the days where Berkeley County Detention Center supervised their own phone system, mail system, visitation, commissary and inmate money deposit systems. Jails throughout the United States are now partnering with high tech companies to provide and manage these servives for them and the jail in Berkeley County is no different.

Everything from video calls, to messages to visitation, and even digital mail and money deposits can be done from your home computer or personal device. Inmates in Berkeley County Detention Center, if they don't already, will soon have their own personal tablets for watching movies, TV shows, access to educational and and legal information, and more.

As Berkeley County Detention Center adds these services, JAILEXCHANGE will add them to our pages, helping you access the services and answering your questions about how to use them and what they cost.

You can check out this information now by going to the: Family Info page, Visit Inmate page, Inmate Mail page, Inmate Phone page, Send Money page, Inmate Bail page, Mugshots page, Text/Email an Inmate page, Commissary page, Remote Visits page, or the Tablet Rental page. 

Cities and Towns in Berkeley County

Bonneau, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Huger, Jamestown, Moncks Corner, Pinopolis, Russellville, Saint Stephen, Sangaree

Berkeley County Detention Center

STATE COUNTY BEDS
South Carolina Berkeley 232


PHYSICAL ADDRESS

300 California Avenue
Moncks Center, SC 29461


TELEPHONE NUMBER


FAX

843-719-4592

INMATE MAIL

Inmate's First and Last Name & Booking # - c/o Smart Communication
Berkeley County Detention Center
PO Box 2027
Pinellas Park, FL 33780


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Frequently Asked Questions

How many inmates are in the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina?
There are 232 inmates in the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina. While that is what they are approved to have incarcerated at any one time, they have on occasion had to add additional beds, even having inmates sleep on the floor when overcrowding becomes an issue. When possible, Berkeley County Detention Center will temporarily transfer some inmates to a neighboring facility, or if necessary, release some offenders from custody. Learn more about how to search for a specific inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center.

How many people get arrested and booked into the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina every year?
In 2021, a total of 4640 offenders were booked into the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina. That is less than previous years, mostly due to restrictions related to the COVID pandemic. As of April 2022, the number of arrests and bookings are returning to normal, which means they are running higher than 2021. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center.

How many people work at the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina?
The Berkeley County Detention Center maintains a staff of approximately 58. Staff positions include correction officers, maintenance, clerical, kitchen workers and management. South Carolina law allows for inmates to work alongside the paid staff during their incarceration, saving the facility money. Even though the inmates are paid, the cost is less than 15% of what a normal worker from the outside would be paid.

Does the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina have an inmate search or jail roster to see who is in custody?
Yes, the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina has an Inmate Search Roster feature. Learn more about how to search for an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center. When you get to this page click on the big green button that reads 'OFFICIAL Berkeley County Detention Center INMATE LIST'. After clicking on the link, type in the offender's name and then click 'search'. You can always call and speak to someone on the staff at (843) 719-4546 if you are have further questions. In most cases the Inmate Roster provides information about the inmate's bond, criminal charges, mugshot, and even their release date, as long as they are not being sent to a South Carolina prison or the US Bureau of Prisons to serve a sentence that is longer than one year.

What is the address and phone number of the Berkeley County Detention Center in South Carolina?
The Berkeley County Detention Center address and phone number is: 300 California Avenue
Moncks Center, SC 29461. Their phone number is (843) 719-4546. To find out the address for sending an inmate mail, sending newspapers, magazines or care packages, learn more about how to mail an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center.

Where do I found out all the inmate services at Berkeley County Detention Center, such as visitation policy and schedule, how the inmate phone system works, emailing an inmate, and sending them money to buy things in commissary?
Here is where you get direct access to all the information you need for Berkeley County Detention Center inmate services: Learn more about how to visit an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center. Learn more about how to get phone calls from an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center. Learn more about how to text/email an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center. Learn more about how to send money to an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center. Learn more about how to mail an inmate and what's allowed in the Berkeley County Detention Center. Learn more about inmate commissary in the Berkeley County Detention Center.

How do I bail or bond an inmate out of the Berkeley County Detention Center?
Call (843) 719-4546 for the type of bond and any information that is required for a particular individual at Berkeley County Detention Center. A bond is set according to a court-approved schedule. You will either have to pay a cash bail, or put up a private, surety or a property bond to guarantee to the court that the defendant will return on their assigned court date. Learn more about how to bail or bond out an inmate in the Berkeley County Detention Center.

This facility, known as "Berkeley County Detention Center" is also known as Berkeley County Jail & Detention Center, Berkeley County Jail & Detention Center, South Carolina, Berkeley, Hill-Finklea Detention Center, Berkeley County Hill-Finklea Detention Center.