Richland County Detention Center Inmate Search

To locate an inmate within the Richland County Jail system (Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) in Columbia, South Carolina, go to the Inmate Search page.

There are two ways to search:

  • Scroll through the Roster
  • Search by Name


Click on the “Search Offenders” button without entering any information to the search fields.

All current and past inmates will be listed alphabetically by last name.

Use your cursor to scroll through the list and locate your inmate’s name.


Enter the inmate’s last name.

Enter the inmate’s first name.

Click on the “Search Offenders” button.

TIP: If unsure of the name spelling you can enter partial names into the fields, including only the beginning letter.

NOTE: Because the system lists all current and past inmates, the more information you provide about the names, the better the search will be.


Click on the inmate’s name or the “Select” link to the left of the name to see:

  • Offender’s Name
  • Offender ID #
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Birthdate
  • Hair Color
  • Eye Color
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Current Charges 
  • Warrant Code
  • Bond
  • Bond Type - Bond Types: SB-Surety Bond • CB-Cash Bond • PR-Personal Recognizance • BD-Bond Denied
  • Bond Court        
  • Offense Description


To learn more about the criminal court case, go to the Richland County Court Case Search page.

Click on “Accept” at the bottom of the page. If “Accept” is not clicked on, the search will not be allowed.

Use the dropdown menu for “Case Type” to select “Criminal”.

Enter the defendant’s first name and last name.

Use the “Party Type” dropdown menu to choose “Defendant”.

Click “Search” at the bottom left of the search area.

Click on the “Case Number” next to your defendant’s name.


  • Defendant’s Name
  • Case Number
  • Court Agency
  • Filed Date
  • Case Type
  • Case Sub Type                                  
  • Status
  • Assigned Judge
  • Disposition Judge
  • Disposition                                                         
  • Disposition Date
  • Date Received
  • Arrest Date:      
  • True Bill Date
  • No Bill Date        
  • Prosecutor Case
  • Indictment Number
  • Waiver Date      
  • Probation Case                                                                                
  • Address              
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Year of Birth
  • Party Type
  • Party Status
  • Last Updated

There are also tabs in the middle of the page to view:

  • Charges
  • Financial
  • Sentencing
  • Bonds
  • Associated Cases

Click on each one to see the information.

NOTE: If a tab is not linked it means that topic does not apply. For example, when the defendant is convicted, or the charges dismissed, the “Bond” tab will not function because there is no more need for a bond.

Recent Arrests and/or Pre-trial Inmates in Richland County Detention Center

If you are certain your inmate is in Richland County Detention Center, or at the very least in Richland County County, go to this page to search for them.

If the Richland County Detention Center inmate search website is not currently online or up to date, call 803-576-3200 for assistance in locating your inmate.

The Richland County Detention Center is "open" 24-hours-a-day. When you call, give the staff member the name of who you are looking for and a birthdate or age if you have it. That person will let you know if your inmate is there.

At minimum you will need a first and last name. If you can provide the middle name or initial that is even better. In a perfect world you will also have the inmate's birthdate, but if not, an estimated age will help.

If you are not sure what county jail the inmate is located in, it helps to at least know the geographic area. Knowing what state the inmate is in is good; knowing which county is even better.

In some cases, there will be more than one possibility. Use patience and check them all. Go here to get started on a search for any jail in the state of South Carolina or go to this page to begin a search for all jails in the United States.

If your inmate has been charged but not yet convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, he or she will most likely be held in Richland County County within the county where the crime occurred. If you only have the city name, look up the city's police department, call and ask them if they keep inmates at a local jail or send them to the county jail. If they are sent to the Richland County County Jail, either look them up here or call 803-576-3200 for assistance.

Recently convicted felons are sometimes held at Richland County County Jail until transport to a South Carolina State Prison is available. Inmates sentenced to less than one year incarceration or those convicted to serve time for misdemeanors will do their time in the Richland County County Jail system.

How to find an Inmate already convicted of a felony and sentenced in the state of South Carolina

State Inmates

Most states have Department of Corrections websites that allow you to type in a felon's first and last name and pull up inmates in that state. Go to this page for inmates in South Carolina. If you need to find an inmate in another state prison system, go here.

When you click next to the inmate's name or on a link, it will show you which jail or prison the inmate is housed in. If the inmate is no longer incarcerated, but is on parole/probation or discharged, it will tell you that as well. In addition, many state prison inmate pages show recent mug shots.

Federal Inmates

The federal prison system has its own inmate locator called the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator.

Type in the inmate's name and it will tell you where he or she is incarcerated and their projected release date. It also lists released federal prison inmates and the date they were released.

Federal inmates who are moved from one prison to another will show as "No longer in federal custody" on the system until they reach their next federal prison destination. This movement can take a few days to several months to complete, so keep checking back to find out where the inmate was taken.

ICE Inmates

The ICE Detainee Lookup allows friends, family members and interested parties to locate illegal and/or undocumented immigrants that are in the United States without permission.

They are held in detention centers approved by Immigration Custody and Enforcement until their hearing or date they are deported back to their home country.

To look up the detainee, users need the full legal name the person used upon their arrest and the country the person claimed they originated from. It helps to also have the "A-number", which is the number that ICE assigned to them upon their detention, which you can use instead of attempting to type the detainee's name.

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