South Carolina Department of Corrections

Inmate Search Detail Report — Glossary

SCDC ID — Inmate number assigned by SCDC.

SID — Identification number assigned by South Carolina law enforcement.

Citizenship — Inmate reported and unconfirmed.

Build — Entered by SCDC staff at time of admission; not always updated subsequent to changing physical appearance.

Complexion — Entered by SCDC staff at time of admission; not always updated subsequent to changing physical appearance.

Hair Color — Entered by SCDC staff at time of admission; not always updated subsequent to changing physical appearance.

Eye Color — Entered by SCDC staff at time of admission; not always updated subsequent to changing physical appearance.

Picture Date — Most recent frontal mug shot with the date the photo was taken.

Offender Type — The type of sentence being served by the inmate affects release and parole eligibility. Most inmates are sentenced to 'straight time' (i.e., determinate) sentences, although exceptions include 'youthful offender' (indeterminate sentence length), 'shock incarceration' (90 day service requirement), and 'juvenile' (released upon their 21st birthday).

Admission Date — Date of most recent admission to SCDC.

Location — SCDC institution, county designated facility, or county of authorized absence.

Projected Release Date — Date when SCDC projects the inmate will satisfy all incarcerated terms based upon the type of sentence being served and assuming the inmate continues to earn work, educational and good time credits at the present rate. The projected release date or 'maxout' date is subject to change (e.g., rules violations can result in loss of good time and later projected release date).

Projected Parole Eligibility — Date the inmate will become eligible for parole or, in some cases, date when a parole hearing is scheduled. NOTE: parole eligibility/hearing for 'straight time' inmates is determined by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardons; youthful offender parole eligibility is determined by SCDC based upon inmate participation in specialized treatment programs. Projected parole eligibility is subject to change based upon inmate behavior.

Supervised Furlough Eligibility — By Statute, some inmates depending upon offense and offense date, are eligible for early release to supervised furlough.

Sentence Length — The total amount of time to serve in the SCDC. Suspended sentences and terms of probation are not included in the sentence length. Inmates with life sentences are indicated as 'life' and death sentences indicated as 'death'. Inmates sentenced as Youthful offenders serve indeterminate terms up to 6 years.


SCDC DISCIPLINARY OFFENSES

1. RULES VIOLATION DEFINED: The following disciplinary offenses represent violations of the SCDC inmate rules. A violation of these rules may consist of any of the following:
  • Engaging in the specified behavior;
  • Attempting to engage in the specified behavior;
  • Conspiring to engage in the specified behavior; or
  • Aiding others in engaging, attempting to engage, or conspiring to engage in the specified behavior. 
2. LIST OF OFFENSES: The following is a list of the titles and code numbers of disciplinary offenses. 
Level 1 Offenses

801  Assault and/or Battery of an SCDC Employee or other Government Employee, Contract Employee, Volunteer, or Member of the Public with Means/and/or Intent to Kill or Injure:  The willful hitting, striking, or unauthorized touching of an SCDC employee or other government agency employee, contract employee, volunteer, or member of the public with or without a weapon or the throwing of any substance at or on an SCDC employee or other government agency employee or contract employee who is exercising legitimate authority over an inmate, when such hitting, striking, throwing, or unauthorized touching causes bodily injury.

802  Sexual Assault: Forcing another person, by violence or threats of violence, to perform a sexual act. (A sexual act is any intentional contact between the genitals of one inmate and the genitals, mouth, anus, or hands of another person.) A conviction for this charge will result in a loss of the inmate's visitation privileges for one (1) year regardless of where the infraction occurred.

803  Riot:  When an inmate, with two or more persons, intentionally participates in conduct that creates danger of damage or injury to property or persons and substantially obstructs the performance of unit operations or institutional operations.

804  Homicide:  The killing of any person with/without malice, advance thought, either expressed or implied.

805  Hostage Taking:  The act of any inmate acting alone or with others who by threats, coercion, intimidation, or physical force, takes, holds, or carries away any person as a hostage for any reason whatsoever.

806  Any Act Defined as a Felony by the Laws of the State of South Carolina or the United States and not otherwise Defined in these Rules.(State Criminal Statute must be provided.)

857 Assault and/or Battery of an Inmate with Means and/or Intent to Kill or Injure: The willful hitting, striking, throwing of substances, or unauthorized touching of an inmate with or without a weapon by another inmate, when such hitting, striking, throwing, or unauthorized touching results in great bodily injury.

896 Unauthorized wearing, possession and/or providing Agency uniform(s): The wearing, possession and or providing of an Agency uniform is a serious offense as it relates to inmate identification, institutional order and security.

897 Possession of Security Equipment/Property: The unauthorized possession and or use of security equipment/property of SCDC or that of an outside source. Unauthorized items may include, but not be limited to, institutional security keys, restraints, chemical munitions, employee ID cards, crafted devices, i.e., hand cuff keys, institution keys, or dummy like objects, (for escape/attempt escape purposes),etc. This offense also includes the possession of any materials and/or drawings that could be used in the creation of institution keys.

898 The Possession of Any Communication Device: The possession, receipt, use, concealment, storage, purchase, sale or facilitation of cellular phones or other communications equipment and/or any components thereof. This includes, but is not limited to, MP3 players, I-pods, e-readers or any like devices.

901  Class I Escape: Any escape, attempted escape, or aiding/abetting escape from a Level 2 or 3 Institution or from medium or maximum custody at a local detention center. Also includes escape from a Level 1 Institution or minimum custody at a local detention center that involves any threat of violence, physical harm, or other aggravating circumstances. NOTE: Should an inmate assigned to an outside detail at any level institution, walk-off (with no aggravating circumstances), should be classified as a Class II escape.

902  Class II Escape: Any escape, attempted escape, or aiding, abetting escape from a Level 1 Institution or minimum custody at a local detention center that does not involve any threat of violence, physical harm, or aggravating circumstances.

903 The Trafficking, Use, and/or Possession of Narcotics, Marijuana, or Unauthorized Drugs, including prescription drugs, or Inhalants. The actual or constructive trafficking, use or possession of drugs of any description (except those prescribed by an authorized physician and within authorized amounts, expiration date, e.g. barbiturates, narcotics, medicines, marijuana and poisons, as well as all drug paraphernalia, such as needles, syringes, etc. Any inmate testing positive for any unauthorized drug, refusing to submit to a drug test, or failing to produce a specimen within three (3) hours, as specified in SCDC Policy GA-03.03, "Inmate Drug Testing/Screening Program." This rules violation encompasses the "hoarding" of prescribed medication by any inmate(s), or inmates who having accepted their medication, then failed to ingest the medication at the time they are issued it at the pill call. Any inmate acting under the influence of any inhalant other than one prescribed by an authorized physician which when inhaled, creates an altered state of physical or mental activity. Sight and smell identification may be used to identify any drug where no available scientific tests have been created and/or confirmed credible.

904  Possession of Escape Tools and/or Paraphernalia: The actual or constructive possession of any tool, device, document, drawing, or any other item that could be used to plan or execute an escape from a correctional institution.

905  Creating and/or Assisting With A Social Networking Site: The facilitation, conspiracy, aiding, abetting in the creation or updating of an internet web site or social networking site.


Level 2 Offenses

807  Striking an SCDC Employee or other Government Employee, Contract Employee, Volunteer, or Member of the Public: The willful hitting, striking, or unauthorized touching of an SCDC employee or other government agency employee, contract employee, volunteer, or member of the public with or without a weapon or the throwing of any substance at or on an SCDC employee, other government agency employee, contract employee, or volunteer who is exercising legitimate authority over an inmate, when such hitting, striking, throwing, or unauthorized touching does not cause bodily injury. 

808  Fighting With a Weapon: Any group of two or more inmates who engage in a physical altercation with any instrument used for the purpose of inflicting physical injury on another person.

809  Threatening to Inflict Harm on/Assaulting  an Employee and/or Members of the Public: Communication, verbal or written, by an inmate to an individual that s/he intends to injure that person or commit a violent or unlawful act dangerous to human life, presently or in the future; or one who commits a physical act of a threatening nature, and the probable result of such threats or action is to place the individual in fear of bodily injury; or one who causes evacuation of a building; or one who creates serious disruption or alarm. Any unauthorized body contact of an employee or member of the public which creates serious alarm, but does not result in bodily injury.

810  Striking an Inmate With or Without a Weapon: The willful hitting, striking, throwing of any substance at, or unauthorized touching of one inmate by another inmate with or without a weapon, whether or not such hitting, striking, or unauthorized touching causes bodily injury.  

811  Possession of a Weapon: The actual or constructive possession by an inmate of any instrument intended to be used to inflict physical injury on any person.

812  Robbery with Force: The taking of property of another person in that person's presence with use of force and violence which places that person in fear of his/her safety by the use of such force, violence, or threats.

813  Throwing of any Substance or Object on an SCDC Employee or other Government Employee, Contract Employee, or Volunteer: The throwing of any substance at or on an SCDC employee or other government agency employee, contract employee, or volunteer who is exercising legitimate authority over an inmate, whether or not such throwing causes bodily injury. 

814  Inciting/Creating a Disturbance: Any act or activity which results in a disruption of institutional operations or a breach of institution security. Any inmate who purposefully incites or urges a group of two or more other inmates to engage in a current or impending disturbance of institutional operations or gives commands, directions, instructions, or signals to a group of two or more persons to cause, continue, or enlarge a disturbance. An inmate may be found guilty of this violation even where no disruption of institutional operations actually occurs as a direct or indirect result of his/her actions. A disturbance as used herein is an assemblage of three or more persons which creates grave danger or damage or injury to property or persons and/or substantially disrupts the normal functioning of the institution.

820  Damage, Loss, Destruction, or Defacing of Property Valued at 100.00 or more: The intentional or reckless damaging, destroying, or disfiguring property belonging to a government agency, a private citizen, an employee, or another inmate. Possession of damaged, destroyed, or disfigured property and the negligent loss of property also qualify as a violation of this offense. (NOTE: This does not include cases in which an inmate loses his/her ID Card or issued room key. In these cases, the inmate will be required to pay a replacement fee for such items and will not be processed pursuant to these procedures. See also, SCDC Policies/Procedures OP-21.06, "Inmate Identification Cards," and OP-22.17, "Key Control," for information regarding the processing of replacement fees.)  This charge must be forwarded to a Disciplinary Hearing.

822  Sexual Misconduct: (1) Engaging in sexual acts or intimate physical contact of a sexual nature with others; or soliciting sexual acts from others."  A conviction for this charge will result in a loss of the inmate's visitation privileges for 360 days regardless of where the infraction occurred.  This charge must be forwarded to a Disciplinary Hearing. NOTE: The conviction of 822 does not require the wearing of pink jumpsuits with the exception noted in section 17.8.

832  Unauthorized Inmate Organization Activity or Participation in a Security Threat Group (STG) or STG Activity:   Any participation of any inmate in any organization which has not been approved or any informal organization, association, or group of three (3) or more inmates that has a common name, and whose members or associates engage or have engaged in activities that include planning, organizing, threatening, soliciting, or committing unlawful acts of misconduct classified as serious threats or potential threats to the safety and security of the public, the Department, employees, visitors, and/or other inmates, or any other group that has been designated a Security Threat Group by the Agency Director. Possession of STG material is sufficient to warrant this charge. (Sentence in BLUE, added by Change 1, dated April 23, 2013.)

854 Exhibitionism and Public Masturbation: (1) Engaging in acts of indecent and/or unnecessary exposure of genitals or other private body parts to a staff member or other person; or (2) engaging in acts of masturbation or any manual stimulation of one's exposed or unexposed genitals in a public setting, or in the view of a staff member or other person. A conviction of this charge will result in a loss of the inmate's visitation privileges for one (1) year.

855 Smuggling and/or Conspiracy to Smuggle in Contraband: Any inmate found to have conspired, aided, or acted in collusion with any person, or acting alone with the intent of introducing any form of contraband into any SCDC facility. Conspiracy, aid, or collusion may be defined as using any form of communication or providing any type of assistance with/to any person where plans are made with the intent of introducing contraband. The physical possession/receipt of the contraband by the inmate is not needed to support this charge. An inmate can be charged with this offense if his/her approved visitor is caught bringing in contraband and it is reasonable to believe that the visitor's intent was to supply the inmate with the contraband.

858  The Use or Possession of Practice GED Cheat Sheet, the Official GED Test, Any other Standardized or Educational Test, or Standardized Educational Materials Not Authorized for Use by the Inmate: Possession of, attempt to use, or provide others with a cheat sheet and/or answers to the GED questions, or other educational materials with the intention to gain unfair advantage in securing a passing score on the Practice GED Test, the Official GED Test, or any educational test administered or overseen by the Palmetto Unified School District. (NOTE: Any inmate convicted of this offense will also be prohibited from taking the GED Test while incarcerated.)

895 Inmate ID Card Violations: The following are violations of this infraction: 

  • To have possession of another inmate's ID card;
  • To give another inmate possession of your ID card, or another inmate's ID card;
  • To give your ID card to anyone not authorized to have possession of your ID card;
  • The forgery of ID cards;
  • Any other actions or use of an ID card that is inconsistent with the ID card's purpose.


Level 3 Offenses

815  Evading a Security Device: The act of an inmate to obstruct, tamper with, or jam any opening, closing, or exiting of a cell door, food flap, locks, any restraint devices, and/or secured area(s).

816  Trafficking and Trading: The buying or selling or unauthorized exchange of any commodity from any individual within the institution, other than authorized purchases from the canteen (evidence may include an excessive inventory of marketable items). 

817  Possession of Contraband:   The possession of any unauthorized, altered or excessive property, including money, tobacco products, gambling paraphernalia, unauthorized publications and unauthorized clothing. The possession of tobacco in a quantity larger than 40 grams is enough to reasonably assume that the intent of the possession was for distribution to other inmates and can be heard as a major disciplinary. Unauthorized property is any item to include keys not assigned to the inmate by the Department or purchased by the inmate from the canteen.

818  Use of Obscene, Vulgar or Profane Language or Gestures: The act of any inmate who verbalizes or writes lewd or indecent notes or letters to another person, or makes gestures or actions that are discourteous or disrespectful in nature, when the person who receives verbal statements, notes, letters, gestures, or actions complains of such.

819  Stealing: Intentionally taking any property belonging to a government agency, a private citizen, the State, an employee, or another inmate.

821  Gambling and Loan Sharking: Any inmate who bets, lends, offers to lend, borrows or attempts to borrow anything of value from another person, or organizes the outcome of any event, including sporting contests. The possession of gambling paraphernalia may be sufficient evidence.

823  Fighting Without a Weapon: Any group of two or more inmates who engage in a physical altercation.

824  Threatening to Inflict Harm, Physical or Otherwise/Assault, on Another Inmate:   The communication, verbal or written, by an inmate to another inmate that s/he intends to injure or commit a violent act, dangerous to human life, presently or in the future; or commits a physical act of a threatening nature placing another inmate in fear of bodily injury, causing evacuation or serious disruption.

825  Refusing or Failing to Obey Orders:   Noncompliance with a legitimate order from an SCDC employee or other government/contracted employee who is in a position of authority over the inmate. This includes resisting arrest or failure to follow written policy/procedure requirement (i.e., grooming standards, etc.).  The act of any inmate whose actions interfere with or tends to interfere with anyone in pursuit of their assigned duties.

826  Refusing to Work: Refusing to begin or complete a work assignment without a legitimate reason, such as illness.

827  Refusing to Attend the Compulsory (Mandatory) Program: The refusal of any inmate who scores below an eighth grade reading or math level to enroll/attend/participate in school and/or the refusal of any inmate to attend or participate in any compulsory (mandatory) program.

828  Out of Place: The act of an inmate who without authority either fails to report to his/her appointed place of duty or assignment or any other place to which he/she was ordered; leaves his or her appointed place of duty or assignment; is found to be in an unauthorized area; or does not have specific approval to be in an unauthorized area of the institution.  

829  Failure to Work: Failure to complete a reasonable amount of an inmate's work assignment within a reasonable period of time, or sleeping on the job.

830  Mutiny: When two (2) or more inmates conspire and refuse, as a group, to work, move, return to their cells or cubes, and/or create a work stoppage or other similar activity.

831   Lying to an Employee or Knowingly Making False Statements: The intentional making of untrue statements by any inmate who makes a false statement under oath, makes inconsistent statements which are false, or makes a false statement to or against an employee or anyone.  The act of any inmate who gives an untrue statement deliberately or a false impression to any SCDC employee, contracted employee or to an employee of a government agency which has authority in supervising the inmate.

833  Abusive Treatment of an Animal, Including Carnal Relations With an Animal: Any physical maltreatment or improper misuse of an animal and/or engaging in sexual activities with an animal.

834  Any Act Defined as a Misdemeanor by the Laws of the State of South Carolina or the United States Not Otherwise Defined in these Rules: (State criminal statute must be provided)

835 Forgery or Possession of Any Forged Document: The act with intent to defraud or deceive another person by falsely making, completing, or altering any document; or knowingly issuing or possessing such an instrument.

836  Disrespect: The failure of any inmate to observe proper decorum or who willfully engages in action or make statements to a person which are discourteous in nature, which may or may not include the use of profanity.

837  Interfering with Count:  Failure to stand for count, movement during count which may create confusion or distraction of any kind, or activity by any inmate which may disrupt concentration or the orderly counting of inmates:

838  Soliciting Improper Relationships:  Assistance from an Employee or an Inmate to Violate an Agency Rule or an Employee Rule:  The act of any inmate who willfully induces any person to do or agree to do any act in violation of his/her lawful duty or in violation of SCDC rules and regulations, or in violation of the lawful rules and regulations of a government agency which is exercising legitimate authority over an inmate.   Assisting in the Corruption of or Entering into an Improper Relationship with an Employee: The act of any inmate who willfully gives, offers or promises anything of value with the intent to influence any official act or action within the official responsibility of any employee; the act of any inmate who enters into an improper relationship with an employee.    Soliciting Money or Gifts from a SCDC Employee or an Inmate, or from Another Person For the Benefit of an Inmate: Any inmate who tries to obtain, buy, or entice money or gifts from any SCDC employee or another person for his/her benefit.

853 The unauthorized use of an inmate's telephone personal identification number(PIN). The unauthorized use of telephone personal identification number is a serious violation. Inmate are prohibited from sharing and using other inmate's telephone PINs.

856 Damage, Loss, Destruction, or Defacing of Property Valued at Less than $100.00: The intentional or reckless damaging, destroying, or disfiguring property belonging to a government agency, a private citizen, an employee, or another inmate. Possession of damaged, destroyed, or disfigured property and the negligent loss of property also qualify as a violation of this offense. (NOTE: this does not include cases in which an inmate looses his/her ID card or issued room key. In these cases the inmate will be required to pay a replacement fee for such items and will not be processed pursuant to these procedures.) For further information regarding the processing of replacement fees, see SCDC Policies/Procedures OP-21.06, "Inmate Identification Cards," and OP-22.17, "Key Control."

859 Disorderly Conduct: Any inmate who engages in any action which disrupts, or may lead to the disruption of the orderly operations of the institution.

899 The Use, Possession, or Distilling and/or Brewing of any Alcoholic Beverage:  Any inmate acting under the influence of alcohol or in possession of alcohol or alcoholic beverage or other brewed substance which, when ingested, creates altered states of physical or mental activity.  Note: The first two infractions of 899 for any inmate may be resolved Informally or Administratively by the Major/Responsible Authority.  The third or subsequent infractions of 899 by an inmate must be referred to a hearing officer.  However, regardless of how many times the inmate has committed this infraction, any large quantities of alcohol, or possession of alcohol which is commercially produced, or behavior which endangers the security and good order of the institution should be referred for a disciplinary hearing and Hearing Officers will consider such evidence when determining the severity of the sanctions imposed (i.e. large quantities of alcohol, multiple offenses, commercial alcohol, and endangering the security and good order of the institution, refusing to submit to alcohol testing, etc., will result in more severe sanctions).  As always, the circumstances of the infraction and the inmate's disciplinary history should be taken into consideration.   Questions should be addressed to the Division of Operations.    


Level 4 Offenses

839 Mutilation: Physical injury to an inmate's body that is self-inflicted, allowing it to be inflicted by others with the inmate's permission, or assisting another inmate in mutilating himself/herself. (NOTE: Any inmate who pierces or attempts to pierce any part of his/her body, or assists others in piercing or attempting to pierce any part of their body will be charged with this offense as the practice creates a health and safety risk.)

840  Failing or Refusing to Respond to an Employee's Questions:  The failure of any inmate to respond to any SCDC employee question even if it is felt that the question is unjust. It is not a defense that an inmate considers the question invalid.

841  Malingering   Pretending to be ill, or refusing to take their medication in order to avoid duty, school, to gain financial compensation, or undisclosed reasons involving secondary gain in order to manipulate the medical, mental health, security or other staff for the inmate's own benefit.

842 Use or Possession of Tattooing Paraphernalia:  The actual or constructive possession by an inmate of a tattooing device or a tattoo magazine, which may be used for the purpose of tattooing.

843 Refusing Medical Treatment for a Communicable Disease: The failure or refusal of medical treatment by any inmate with a disease capable of being transmitted. (NOTE: In these cases, inmates will be placed in medical isolation and will not be placed in PHD, Disciplinary Detention, or security detention status.)

844  Interfering with the Duties of any Person   The act of any inmate whose actions interfere with anyone in pursuit of their assigned duties.


Level 5 Offenses

601 Court Order Credit Loss: Pursuant to §24-27-200, a prisoner shall forfeit all or part of his earned work, education, or good conduct credits in an amount to be determined by the Department of Corrections upon recommendation of the court or administrative judge. Pursuant to South Carolina Supreme Court Opinion # 25409, filed 02/11/2002 (also known as the Wade Decision). A forfeiture of earned credits pursuant to South Carolina Statute §24-27-2000 cannot be as result of a post conviction relief hearing decision.

845 Unauthorized Services/Piddling (Handicrafts):   No inmate shall provide or attempt to provide professional services or handicrafts for any person for any reason whether it is for profit or not.

846 Creating Unnecessary Noise:  The act of any inmate who engages in any action which disrupts or may lead to the disruption of the orderly operation of the institution, the yelling/banging or excessive noise level by any inmate.

847  Abuse of Privileges: The willful violation by an inmate of any provision of an institutional regulation dealing with a privilege. A privilege as used in this subsection is any benefit provided by institutional, SCDC, contracted services, or another governmental agency's regulations.

848 Exerting Any Authority Over Another Inmate, to Include:

  1. Administering any punishment or other form of discipline to other inmates;
  2. Granting or denying another inmate access to any benefit or activity;
  3. Controlling the movement or activities of other inmates;
  4. Escorting another inmate from one place to another, without a staff member, except as required by a bona fide emergency;
  5. Inventorying, with or without a staff member, another inmate's property or searching another inmate, his/her living area, or his/her property;
  6. Mailing or distributing another inmate's correspondence;
  7. Participating in the taking of any count; and
  8. Enforcing any SCDC or institutional or other governmental agency rule or regulation.

849  Disregarding Safety Regulations, to Include:

  1. Failing to wear safety goggles when performing any grinding, chiseling, filing, chipping, or buffing operation;
  2. Failing to wear hearing protection on any work station designated as a high noise level area or failing to wear work or safety shoes when instructed;
  3. Continuing to work in an area or on any machinery or equipment that is deemed unsafe or improperly guarded by the work supervisor;
  4. Operating machines or equipment or performing any operation that has not been specifically assigned;
  5. Operating equipment without using the safety guards provided or removing the safety guards;
  6. Unauthorized fabricating or repairing of personal items on government agency equipment;
  7. Riding on the draw bars of farm vehicles;
  8. Standing up while riding in moving vehicles or allowing legs to hang over sides of trailers while moving;
  9. Creating a health and/or safety hazard (to include flooding of cells).

850 Violation of a Written or Posted Institutional Rule Not Contained in These Rules, But Consistent with These Rules:

851  Supervised Furlough II Violation: Any inmate who is returned to the custody of the SCDC due to a violation of the Supervised Furlough Program. S/he will fail to earn any good time for the month s/he is returned to the custody of SCDC (automatic forfeiture). (NOTE: For further clarification, refer to SCDC Policy/Procedure OP-21.11, "Loss of Statutory Good Time.")