Have the inmate schedule a visit and tell you when to come to the jail.
Leave all belongings in the vehicle except your ID and car key.
Show a government-issued photo ID. Students may show a valid student photo ID.
Anyone over the age of 18, who can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Children under age 18 must be accompanied by the parent or legal guardian.
The Charleston County Detention Center reserves the right to deny any person the right to enter the jail it chooses and for any reason.
Charleston County Detention Center does not require a visitation application, but the inmate must schedule your visit and place you on the visitation list.
Sunday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you are visiting from another state Charleston County Detention Center will allow one unscheduled visit with the inmate.
The Charleston County Detention Center staff will turn anyone away who is not dressed appropriately for a visit.
The best way to be sure the visit takes place is to dress as if you are meeting someone's grandmother for the first time.
Wear clothes that are not revealing.
Don't wear see-through material.
Have all undergarments covered (males and females) and avoid a lot of cleavage.
Shorts and skirts should reach mid-thigh.
Sleeves should be at least half-way to your elbow.
The following types of clothing are also prohibited:
Clothing promoting gang affiliation.
Anything displaying drugs, weapons or profanity.
Clothing depicting anything obscene.
Call 843-529-7300 to ask specific questions about the Charleston County Detention Center Visitation Dress Code guidelines or click here for complete instructions.
Jail visits are conducted on a televised screen from another location.
Inmates have the right to refuse to visit.
Staff randomly runs visitor IDs in a nationwide database for active warrants. If you are found to have an active warrant, you will be arrested on the spot.
Minors who will visit without an adult present must have a consent form on file from their parents. Click here and scroll halfway down the page to find the Consent for Adult Supervision of a Minor form.
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and guardians must provide proof of their guardianship.
Leave all personal belongings, except for your state ID in your vehicle or in a locker (if one is provided).
Children must be monitored at all times or jail staff will end the visit early.
Call 843-529-7300 or click here to go to the jail's official website for additional Rules regarding Charleston County Detention Center visitation.
Many jails are implementing video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Video visits allow the visit to take place in the privacy of your own home. Some family members 'take their inmate with them' to church, the park, the doctor or anywhere else simply by signing in and bringing the device along.
Video visits save you from having to get your children ready, drive to the jail, wait in long lines and go through security checkpoints just to see the inmate.
Video visitation is slowly gaining favor with all jails in America as jail management realizes the financial savings and reduced security risks involved with remote visitation.
Click here to see if video visitation is now available at Charleston County Detention Center – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.