Get to the jail 30 minutes prior to your scheduled visit. If you are later, you will be expected to wait until those who arrived 30 minutes early are processed, and then you will be allowed to check in.
Show a government-issued photo ID.
Anyone over the age of 18, who isn't on felony probation and can produce a valid government-issued photo ID can be approved to visit an inmate in this jail.
Reasons for visit denial include:
The visitor is not on the inmate’s approved visitation list.
The visitor violates Detention Center rules.
The visitor exhibits disruptive conduct or behavior.
The visitor is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
There is insufficient space for visitation.
Visitation would place the visitor’s health at risk.
The visit would pose a reasonable threat to the safety or security of other inmates, employees or the community.
Former inmates must wait six months after their release from the Detention Center in order to be eligible to visit another inmate who currently is being housed at the facility.
Lexington County Jail & Detention Ctr requires all visitors to fill out an application prior to your visiting an inmate.
Carefully fill out the application. Incomplete paperwork is cause for denial.
Honesty, especially regarding past criminal convictions, probation etc., is important. These things will most likely show up on the background check – which if lied about on the application, will cause visits to be denied.
Call 803-785-2700 to ask specific questions about the application.
Click here to go to the jail's website for more information about the application process.
Each inmate is assigned visitation days and hours. You must register at Securus to be able to schedule a visit. Once registered and approved, you will be able to access the inmate’s name and view available visitation times to choose from.
Click here to register the account and get started.
The Lexington County Jail & Detention Ctr 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.
No sleepwear and no swimwear.
All visitors must wear shoes.
Children under 12 are not allowed to visit at the facility but can take part in the at-home paid visitation program.
This jail offers video visits. These visits are conducted via the Internet on computers, IPADS and Smart phones.
Children under 12 are allowed to participate in video visits.
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 Lexington County Jail & Detention Ctr – as well as to view the complete set of rules, the cost to you and how to get set up online.