Booking Process

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It is the policy of J. Reuben Long Detention Center to govern the admission and booking of all new inmates, transferred inmates, and inmates returned by other jurisdictions to ensure legal detention and medical fitness for incarceration.  The Detention Center will not incarcerate or hold any person except under appropriate legal authority and documentation.   The arresting agency can place a detainer on the arrestee to obtain charging documents for a time not to exceed 24 hours from the time the detainer was placed. 

1.   Booking Process - The Detention Center maintains accurate and complete records on all persons incarcerated at 
      the facility.  In addition to paper files and records, the Detention Center uses Motorola’s Offendertrak system to 
      maintain electronic records of all inmates.  Offendertrak maintains records on admission, processing and release 
      of inmates.  Offendertrak issues a new booking number for each detainee, but maintains a single inmate account 
      record for a given inmate.

2.    Medical Screening - Medical staff and/or security personnel screens any arrestee who appears injured, acutely
       ill, in a stupor, or an apparent coma (even though the cause may be intoxication).  

3.    Booking Information Collected:               

           a.     Identification data.
           b.     Charge and bond data.
           c.      Property inventory, storage and receipt.
           d.     Hold, warrant, detainer and extradition data, both local and NCIC.
           e.     Criminal history data.
           f.      Photograph and fingerprint data, as required.
           g.     Medical and mental health screening to include current and preexisting illness, current medication 
                   behavioral observation, body deformities, skin condition and infestation.
            i.     Housing with separation from general population until classification.

4.     Inmate telephones - The Booking seating area and all Booking cells have telephones available for the inmates.  
       At the completion of the booking process, inmates may use the telephone to contact an attorney, family member 
       or other contact person. 

5.     Bond Hearings - The Detention Center has bond hearings twice a day, seven days a week.  Holiday hours may vary.  
        A bond hearing may be delayed if a victim is involved and they want to attend the bond hearing.

Quick Link to Bookings and Releases

Inmate Release Process

The Detention Center has an official release process for inmates.  Detention Center staff must verify all release documents, complete an inquiry through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer system, and check for any outstanding warrants (charges). This process normally takes about 30 minutes, but may take up to an hour or more depending upon existing circumstances. 

1.    Release through the Courts - Inmates released from courts outside of the facilty must return to the Detention Center for the official 
       release process. 

2.   Minimum Security Releases – Inmates may serve a sentence in J. Reuben Long Detention Center's Minimum Security building under 
      the jursidiction of Family Court, Magistrate's Court and Municipal Court.  Inmates sentenced in Family Court may serve up to a one year 
      sentence for civil contempt of non-payment of child support.  Inmates sentenced in Magistrate's Court and Municipal Court may serve 
      up to 90 days.  Classification provides release dates in advance to inmates assigned to the Minimum Security building.  The release dates
      may change after calculating work credits and good time credits.  For example, if an inmate fails to work a day, it may change the release 
      date.  The normal release times are approximately 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Please note that many inmates must work their last day 
      in order to receive work credit.  Some work details may not return to the Detention Center until 4:30 p.m. therefore, the inmate will not be
      released until then.   

3.    General Sessions Court Releases
 - Inmates that are sentenced by a judge in General Sessions Court must return to the Detention Center 
       to go through the official release process.  The South Carolina Department of Corrections may require the Detention Center to forward 
       the sentencing documents to them prior to an inmate's release.  This process may take up to two (2) business days.  The Detention Center's 
       goal is to release inmates in a timely manner.

4.    Payment of Bond or Fine -  When an inmate's bond or fine is paid, the Magistrate's Office prepares the release documentsand forwards 
       them to the Booking/Release deparment.  The inmate is released after the Detention Center completes the official release process.

5.    Combined Payment of Fine and Time Served - When an inmtate receives a sentence and a fine, they must satisfy both requirements 
       prior to their release.  Therefore, the inmate must serve the sentence and pay the fine before being released.  

6.
    Inmate Movement - Releases and visits may be delayed during official headcounts between 5:00 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

7.    Cash and Dash Bond Release - Recent changes in the bonding laws now permit Detention Center staff to accept cash payment for certain 
       minor traffic and minor criminal charges without having to wait to go before a Magistrate. The specific charges and bond amounts are 
       predetermined by the courts. Click on the link to Magistrate's Court to see the bondable pay offenses at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.