What happens to someone's property when they are arrested and taken to jail?
When an inmate is processed into the Detention Center all personal items, except court papers, are taken from the individual. These are inventoried, labeled and stored in the property room. The inmate is issued Detention Center clothing and a hygiene kit. This kit contains enough soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc., to last the inmate until he/she can purchase commissary items. We do not accept packages for inmates. Inmates may purchase special postage-paid envelopes and other items needed through the commissary. Thirty days after an inmate's release, unclaimed property is disposed of according to Detention Center policy.
What if someone needs to get keys or other property from someone who is in jail?
In order for an inmate to release property, he/she must complete a Property Release Form naming the person approved to pick up their property.
What happens to a person's vehicle if they are arrested while driving it?
If a person is arrested and taken to jail while driving their vehicle, it will be towed away and stored by a local towing company. The person must contact the officer that arrested them or the arresting police agency to find out where their vehicle was towed. For example, if Horry County Police Department made the arrest, contact that agency; if the South Carolina Highway Patrol made the arrest, contact that agency.
What is the process for getting someone released from jail?
Some traffic offenses are eligible for a process called "cash and dash." This means the inmate can post a pre-set fine with immediate release without seeing judge. A magistrate or municipal court judge can set bonds for the majority of the inmates in custody. The judge will set cash bonds, surety bonds, or 10% bonds on most criminal offenses. If an inmate's bond is a 10% bond, this type of bond is posted with the court. A bondsman may be used for surety bonds. The court also accepts cash for the entire amount of the surety bond or real property is accepted for collateral. If a person is charged with a crime, such as a traffic violation, which has a cash fine, that person can be released from the Detention Center upon payment to the Magistrate's Office. Persons charged with crimes classified as felonies normally have higher bonds. Most bonds are set by the magistrate as cash or surety bonds which requires the person to deposit cash with the court or place real property up as collateral. *Note: Each case or charge is different; therefore, the amount or type of bond depends upon the type of charge. A bondsman may assist with this process for a fee; however, the Detention Center will not make any recommendation or provide contact information for any specific bonding agency or agent. (Also, Click on the Bookings and Releases section for additional information.)
What occurs during the booking process?
Prisoners brought to the Detention Center by Law Enforcement are searched for contraband. Personal information is obtained from the person and they normally remain in the booking holding area until their bond is set.
Items for inmates accepted from family and friends.
The Detention Center accepts prescription eye glasses Monday through Friday, anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily. Cash can be deposited to an inmate's account in the kiosk in the vestibule of the Administration Building anytime the lobby is open.
Prescription and non-prescription medications for inmates.
The Detention Center accepts certain approved prescription medications. Effective October 2, 2011, Southern Health Partners (SHP) assumed control over all medical operations for the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Please contact their office at (843) 915-6899, for the proper procedure for bringing medications.
The Detention Center is located off of Hwy 701 North, approximately five miles north of Conway. Directional signs are posted on Hwy 701 and Hwy 319.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
(843) 365-0348 (fax)
J. Reuben Long Detention Center
4150 J. Reuben Long Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Provides Inmate Information
(843) 365-7688 (fax)