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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice is taking several precautions at our secure facilities, county offices, and alternative placement sites to help prevent the spread of this virus. Visit our COVID-19 Updates and Resources webpage for procedural changes within the Agency and other helpful resources.

Visiting Youth at a DJJ Secure Facility

Visitors are allowed to see DJJ youth during the specified visitation hours. All visitors must be on the pre-approved visitation list, which is established by the DJJ Community Specialist or Probation/Parole Officer. Visitors are not permitted to smoke on DJJ property. All tobacco products, matches and lighters are contraband (see additional contraband items below). No outside food or drinks are allowed.

Each of our five secure facilities have unique visitation guidelines. See right sidebar for each facility's visitation guidelines and contact information.

Approved Visitor List and Identification Card

  1. All visitors, regardless of age, must be listed on juvenile's approved visitor’s list.
  2. No family member or other person will be allowed entrance into the facility that has been prohibited or suspended from visiting.
  3. Visitors 13 years of age or older must have a picture identification card and be listed on the child’s approved visiting list. An identification card may be a driver’s license, state government issued identification card, military identification card, student identification card, S.C. Bar card, or DJJ volunteer card.

Registration Upon Arrival

  1. All visitors will turn in their personal vehicle keys at the facility admission area upon registration.
  2. DJJ Youth are not allowed to receive property or packages during visitation.
  3. Visitors will not be allowed to bring purses, bags, etc. into the facility. Personal belongings must be locked in vehicles.
  4. Visitors will be required to empty the contents of their pockets for inspection.

Contraband

All visitors need will abide by the South Carolina Contraband Law as follows: South Carolina Code of Laws Section 63-19-1670 provides that: it shall be unlawful for any persons to furnish or attempt to furnish any juvenile under the jurisdiction of the Department of Juvenile Justice with any matter declared to be contraband. It shall be unlawful for any juvenile under the jurisdiction of DJJ to possess any item declared to be contraband. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

It is unlawful for any person to furnish or attempt to furnish any juvenile under the jurisdiction of DJJ with any of the below items.

  1. Weapons and any devices that may be used as a weapon, including but not limited to firearms, knives, blades of any and all descriptions, clubs, billies, or any other articles that may be used for offense or defense.
  2. Illegal drugs and medicines that have not been prescribed by a physician.
  3. Drug paraphernalia.
  4. Any and all types of alcohol and any liquids containing any concentration of intoxicating alcohol.
  5. Poisons or other chemicals.
  6. Flammable liquids of any type including, but not limited to gasoline, kerosene, and lighter fluids.
  7. Locks and keys.
  8. Tools of any kind, including pocketknives.
  9. Money or any money instrument, including checks, money orders, credit cards, and telephone cards.
  10. Writing markers, ink pens and materials other than a black lead pencil.
  11. Medicine, syringes, and needles.
  12. Tobacco products and materials.
  13. Matches, lighters, or any type of igniting devices.
  14. Electronic devices, computer materials, videocassettes, televisions, or any other technological communication equipment.
  15. Any type of devices with audio/video recording capability, cameras (video and still) or any equipment capable of photographing.
  16. DJJ computer printouts, carbon paper, and other confidential office materials.
  17. Pornographic materials.
  18. Any toxic, caustic, or flammable material.
  19. Gang-related materials.
  20. Tattooing devices, inks, toners, markers, or any other material used for tattooing.

Legal and licensed weapons are contraband and will not be allowed on DJJ property. Visitors possessing legal weapons will be instructed to park off DJJ property. Items declared by a visitor that have been designated as contraband at DJJ must be secured inside the visitor’s locked vehicle.

Dress Code

Visitors will wear appropriate clothing acceptable to facility standards and will observe the following requirements:

  1. Shoes are required at all times.
  2. Shirts/blouses will either be tucked in, or be long enough to cover the tops of pants/skirts. Shirts/blouses may be sleeveless, but must cover up to within 3 inches of front and back of neck.
  3. Shorts/dresses/skirts must be at least one (1) inch longer than where the person’s middle finger rests while standing with arms at sides.
  4. Clothing materials must not be transparent.
  5. Clothing with printed derogatory statements or pictures and gang oriented clothing (bandanas, colors) are prohibited.
  6. Halter tops, tube tops, bare-midriffs, biker shorts, spandex shorts and tight fitting or revealing clothing are prohibited.

Visitors with Disabilities/Lifesaving Medication

Visitors requiring lifesaving medication will need to declare the medication at registration. Medication will need to be in its original prescribed package with the visitor’s name and placed in a clear plastic bag with a zip-top closure. Visitors with disabilities may request special accommodations for parking through the Facility Administrator prior to visiting.

Special Visits

A special visit may be provided due to special circumstances that prevents visiting during regular visitation times. Contact the child’s assigned Social Worker to arrange a special visit outside of normal visiting times.