There will be no visitation Nov 27-28 at Livesay Correctional Institution

SCDC is offering limited in-person visitation in phases at female and minimum-security institutions that are not on COVID quarantine.

Current phases and details for these institutions are: Virtual visits are available for all.

Please check here and follow @SCDCNews on Twitter to get real-time notifications about visitation delays or changes.because circumstances can change quickly with COVID.

The first phase of visitation for Wateree River Correctional Institution is scheduled to begin Dec. 4-5
Parameters are:
Minimum Security (Phase 3) and Female Institutions (Phase 2a)
  • Visitors must be on the inmate’s approved SCDC visitation list.
  • There is no access to restrooms during the visit.
  • Each inmate at institutions in Phase 2a of visitation can visit with up to two people – either two adults or one adult and one child.
    Inmates at institutions in Phase 3 of visitation are allowed to have up to three visitors, one of which must be an adult.
  • Visits are limited contact
  • Masks are required for everyone age four and older.
  • Visitors are not required to show proof of vaccination.
  • Upon arrival, all visitors will be required to have their temperature taken and complete a mandatory questionnaire about COVID-19.
  • Visitors exhibiting any signs/symptoms of the COVID-19 virus or a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter.
  • Visitors must schedule visits ahead of time. Details on how to schedule these visits can be found hereand below.
  • Visits will be offered on Saturday and Sunday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Time slots will be listed on the scheduling section of the website.
Further important details for   phase 1,   phase 2aand   phase 3are available, as well as important general visitation guidelines and the information below.

Scheduling a Visit:
All visits must be scheduled through the GTL scheduling tool, and visitors must be on the inmate’s approved SCDC visitation list.

Follow these directionsafter logging in to GTL.

Click here to schedule a visit.

Virtual Visitation

Virtual visitation is available at all institutions for those on an inmate's visitation list. Virtual visits can be done on any kind of computer, Android tablet or Android telephone. For now, iPads and iPhones do not work for virtual visits. Virtual visitation will be available on Apple products in the future.

Virtual Visitation Instructions and Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to schedule a visit.
Virtual Visitation Quick Reference Guide
Walk-through for Mobile Download for Android Devices

Register or log-in:

Visitation is an important component of the rehabilitation process and is conducted in the least restrictive manner possible while meeting requirements of safety, security, classification, and space availability. Review visitation guidelines at the link: Rules for Visitors

Mailing Applications: The Division of Visitation and Inmate Drug Testing (Visitation) processes applications for visiting privileges. Mail applications to:

   Division of Visitation and I/M DT
   P. O. Box 212969
   Columbia, South Carolina, 29221-2969

Visitation Inquiry Line: 803-896-1838
   Press 1 — for questions regarding the visitation application process. If the recording does not answer your question, you may leave a message including your phone number (with areacode) and staff will return your call within three business days.
   Press 2 — for up-to-date information about prisons that presently have canceled visitation because of security concerns.

Each inmate in the S. C. Department of Corrections is allowed to have a maximum of 15 approved visitors on his/her visiting list.   Each inmate is provided with  "Request for Visiting Privileges" forms (SCDC Form 19-127) to send to his/her prospective visitors.  The only way for an individual to receive a visiting privileges form is from the inmate who wants them to visit.  These forms are provided to each inmate upon arrival in the Department of Corrections Reception and Evaluation Center and are available to inmates in all institutions throughout the state.   Every individual  must complete this form and forward it to Visitation through the Central Visitation Center for processing.  The form is reviewed by staff and the information is entered into the automated system.  If the form is missing any required information, the form is returned to the sender for proper completion.

Once the application form has been properly completed, submitted, and approved, the individual is added to the inmate's visiting list.  An inmate is provided a copy of his approved visiting list once a week if a change is made during that week. IT IS THE INMATE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ADVISE HIS/HER VISITOR(S) OF THEIR APPROVAL.

Minor children that are on the APPROVED visiting list must be accompanied by an adult and will be allowed to visit only if they are the inmate's brothers and sisters, the inmate's children (natural or legally adopted), the inmate's stepchildren, grandchildren, or step grandchildren.  When an individual arrives at an institution to visit, everyone age 10 and older must  present a public safety picture identification.  Those under age 10 must show a copy of their long-form birth certificate.  Certain criteria must be met before an inmate who wishes to have minor nieces or nephews visit.  This information is available to the inmates at their institution, but first and foremost the inmate must be incarcerated at least three consecutive years.

Upon arriving at the institution, the visitor must state the name and SCDC number of the inmate they wish to visit.   This information is entered into the automated system and if the individual is listed on the inmate's approved visiting list, a visitor's pass will be generated for the individual. [Inmates may only have one visit per day; therefore, all visitors must be together.]

Inmates are not allowed to have visitors during the reception and evaluation process unless they remain in the Reception and Evaluation Center longer than thirty (30) days and the visitor is on the approved visiting list. After thirty (30) days only an inmates' parents, grandparents, spouse, and/or children are eligible to visit at R&E. In order to schedule a visit at R&E on the approved list after 30 days, contact 803-896-2000 between the hours of 8:00-12:00 on Mondays and Tuesdays ONLY.

The institution where the inmate is housed should be contacted directly concerning the visiting days and times appropriate to that facility.  Addresses and telephone numbers for all institutions are provided in the Institutions section of this web site.