Dorchester County Jail COVID-19 Coronavirus Visitation Policy

Dorchester County Jail

Address:
100 Sears Street
St. George, SC 29477

Phone:

843-832-0300

New Visitation Policies in Dorchester County Jail Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Because of concerns for the safety and wellness of both staff and inmates at the Dorchester County Jail in St. George, South Carolina, contact visits of any type may be suspended.

Approved Non-contact visits with family, friends and the inmate’s lawyers may still be allowed when at-home or onsite video visitation is not available, however given that new guidelines are changing daily please check the visitation page or call 843-832-0300 for updates.

Video Visitation at Dorchester County Jail

At-home and onsite video visitation guidelines for Dorchester County Jail, when this service is available, can be found by going to the visitation information page.

We highly recommend that you call 843-832-0300 first for any changes due to staff shortages or other unforeseen circumstances, including whether your inmate has become ill and is unable to be in the general population where video kiosks are available.

How Long Will These Changes Last?

Experts in the study of the COVID-19 are anticipating that spread of the virus will be a ongoing concern for Dorchester County, the state of South Carolina and the entire United States until well into 2022 and maybe even beyond. We are witnessing the virus becoming more contagious, but less deadly over time. Many people think that the 'more contagious, but less deadly' Omicron variant will infect so many people that a higher level of natural immunity for the majority of Americans will be the end result.

Will the Inmates in Dorchester County Jail Be Safe from Getting Sick With COVID-19 Coronavirus?

Whether the inmates are safe from contracting the coronavirus depends entirely on two things:

  1. The Virus being introduced into the facility by a staff member or inmate who is unaware that they have it.
  2. How easily it spreads.

At this stage most people who get the coronavirus show very few symptoms beyond what you might experience with a bad cold or a mild case of the common flu. In fact, the Omicron variant is turning out to be less deadly than the common flu we experience every year.

Studies that have been done are showing that the hardest hit are those 60 years of age and older, those with pre-existing medical issues like diabetes, leukemia or obese individuals. Young men and women rarely become very ill, and when they do, seem to recover quickly.

Dorchester County Jail is encouraging inmates to practice ‘social distancing’, which means staying as far apart as possible. In addition, our staff is advising inmates to avoid shaking hands, washing their hands often, not touching their face, nose, mouth or eyes, and refraining from touching ‘common areas’ throughout the facility.

Given the close proximity of inmates and staff to each other in this lockup, it is going to be very difficult to prevent the spread of coronavirus once it is introduced into the facility as the virus can spread via the microscopic vapor that we release every time we speak, cough or sneeze.

We will continuously update this page as the spread of this virus accelerates and changes to policies occur.

How to Send a Secure Email Message to an Inmate in Dorchester County

To send a secure email message to an inmate in Dorchester County Jail follow these steps:

How inteleMESSAGE Works

  • The Dorchester County Jail inmate must contact you first in order to activate messaging for your account.
  • Once an inmate has messaged you, you are then able to visit the Pay Tel website, log in, read and respond to his or her messages. 
  • When you log in and follow the inteleMESSAGE™ link, you will be asked if you want to accept messages from your Dorchester County inmate. If you accept, you will then be able to read any inmate message that has been sent to you.

For all information on how to Text/Email an Inmate in Dorchester County Jail check out our Secure Messaging Guide for Dorchester County.


 

How Do Inmates in Dorchester County Jail Make Phone Calls?

To receive phone calls from inmates in Dorchester County, or to assist them in making phone calls to other people, follow these steps:

For all the information regarding phone calls with Dorchester County inmates; rules, policies, phone calling times, limits and more visit our Inmate Phone Page.


 

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

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

  • Dorchester County Jail 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 Dorchester County Jail.
  • 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester County Jail check out our Commissary Instructions Page for Dorchester County.


 

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