Inmate Communications

Address to:  Inmate Name, 4150 J. Reuben Long Ave., Conway, SC 29526

Inmates are encouraged to maintain ties with family members and friends.  They may use the U.S. Postal Service to send and receive correspondence.  All inmate mail is opened and scanned for contraband prior to distribution.  When sending mail, make sure the inmate’s name is written on the correspondence.  All envelopes must be no larger than a No. 10 business envelope.  Larger mail is returned to the sender unless it is "legal mail" sent from an attorney.

All general mail received at the jail must include a return address. General mail must be sent using a standard size envelope; no packages sent as general mail will be accepted at the facility and will be "Returned to Sender." The only exception on packages will be with regard to publications received directly from a publisher.  Books must be soft back and appropriate in content as to not endanger the safety and/or security of the facility.


The detention center does not accept puzzle books or any other materials that contain staples, paperclips, and any metal object that affects the overall safety and security of the facility unless the restricted items can be easily removed from the materials. If not, they are marked “refused” and noted “return to sender.” The Center keeps records of all returned or refused mail indicating the name and address of the sender (when available), addressee, date and reason for return and the name of the person processing the return. Staff discards nuisance contraband i.e. paper, blank envelopes, copies of puzzle books found when opening and screening mail.


Should mail contain stationery, postage stamps or envelopes, these items are confiscated. Such items are only available for purchase through the commissary and are not provided to inmates from outside parties. The only exception is for purposes of legal correspondence where a legal authority may provide a self-addressed, return envelope for an inmate to return documents. In these cases, the highest ranking supervisor on duty is notified to approve the delivery of the item to the inmate.


Incoming mail containing photographs is monitored. Inmates are only authorized to possess up to five (5) photographs printed on regular copy paper at any time. Photographs exceeding this amount are inventoried, documented and stored in the inmate's property bag for return upon the inmate's release. Photographs must be printed on regular copy paper.

Publications: Publications (books and magazines) may be received at the facility for an inmate, as follows:

1). Only one (1) publication per shipment may come in for an inmate.
2). The publication cannot exceed 8 ½" x 11" in size. (An exception will be made for newspapers.)

3). The publication must originate from a publisher or nationally recognized distributor and must be purchased for delivery to an inmate by a family member or friend.

4). The publication must be new and received in the original packaging.

5). The publication must be in paperback format.

6). The publication must not contain any content deemed to pose a threat to the safety and security of the facility, i.e., sexually explicit materials, inflammatory material that could jeopardize the safety and security of the facility, etc.

7). Inmates assigned to a general population housing unit will only be allowed to possess one (1) personal book (in addition to a religious book) and one (1) magazine or newspaper at any given time. Upon receipt of a new book and/or magazine or newspaper, the inmate is required to exchange his/her existing personal book and/or magazine or newspaper (if any) for the new book and/or magazine or newspaper.

8). An inmate may opt to donate a returned book to the detention center library or opt to have the returned book inventoried and stored in their personal property for return upon their release/transfer from the facility (see, also, Procedure #3, below for additional information). (NOTE: Due to potential fire hazards and space limitations, stored books become excessive, the inmate will be advised that his/her books may be shipped to a family member or friend. Inmates will have the cost of shipment deducted from their account. Inmates that opt not to have excess books shipped will be given the option of having the books donated to the detention center or disposed.)

9). Due to volume, magazines and newspapers exchanged by the inmate for a new magazine/newspaper will not be stored for the inmate. Magazines and newspapers will be donated to the facility or may be shipped to any outside party at the expense of the inmate.

10). For subscription based publications (magazines, newspapers, etc.), it will be the responsibility of the inmate to ensure their publication is forwarded to their new address upon his/her release or transfer or the publication is cancelled. Should any publication arrive to the facility after an inmate’s release or transfer, the publication will be disposed. The detention center will not be responsible for maintaining such subscription materials nor will the detention center be responsible for any costs associated with any subscription payment.


Inmate Telephone System 
Inmates assigned to the general population housing units periodically have access to telephones each day. The inmate telephone system is programmed for outgoing collect calls only. 

Inmates cannot receive incoming telephone calls and staff cannot pass notes or messages to the inmates.  Family emergencies are handled via the Chaplain’s Office.

During the initial phase of the processing procedure, each inmate is afforded the opportunity to make telephone calls.

The inmate telephone system is programmed for out-going collect calls only.   If there are questions regarding this service (telephone call charges) or experience problems receiving calls from the Detention Center, please call 1-800-844-6591.  Refer to J. Reuben Long Detention Center as Horry County Detention. 

Inmate telephone calls are subject to monitoring and recording.

J. Reuben Long Detention Center contracts with Securus Technologies.  Go to  to learn more about the telephone system.