Directions and Transportation
510 Gary Hill Road
Phone: (803) 637-1500.
Directions from Columbia, SC
Driving Time: 1 hr, 20 minutes Distance: 70 miles
I-20 W toward AUGUSTA, GA. 46.3 miles
Merge onto SC-19 N via exit number 18 toward JOHNSTON/EDGEFIELD 10.5 miles
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto US-25.4.1 miles
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto BAUSKETT ST. 0.1 miles
Turn LEFT onto GARY HILL RD. 1.4 miles
End at 501 Gary Hill Rd, Edgefield, SC 29824-4503
Directions from Atlanta, GA
Driving Time: 3 hours Distance: 170 miles
I-20 E – toward AUGUSTA. 149.2 miles
Merge onto US-25 N/SC-121 N via exit number 5 toward EDGEFIELD/JOHNSTON. 13.6 miles
Turn LEFT onto US-25. 4.2 miles
Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto BAUSKETT ST. 0.1 miles
Turn LEFT onto GARY HILL RD. 1.4 miles
End at 501 Gary Hill Rd, Edgefield, SC 29824-4503
Edgefield County does not provide any public transportation Systems.
Taxi Cabs are available from Augusta, Ga to the institution, while public transportation is available from both Atlanta, GA and Columbia, SC.
M&M Taxi (803) 637-6015
Airlines: Below is a listing of several major airline companies that service Columbia, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia:
American (800) 433-7300
US Air (800) 428-4322
Continental (800) 232-9155
United (800) 241-6522
Delta (800) 221-1212
TWA (800) 221-2000
Social Visiting Hours
Friday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Holidays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Social visitors will not be processed before 5:00 p.m.on Fridays or 8:00 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Visitors will not be processed after 7:30 p.m. on Fridays or 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, andholidays.
In addition to the above procedures, consideration will be given for allowing inmates who are related (e.g., brothers, father/sons) to visit simultaneously with one visitor. Prior approval must be obtained from the Unit Manager, Associate Warden of Custody, and the Captain prior to the visit. This will be documented in memorandum form, and a copy will be given to the Visiting Room Officers to be maintained in their area.
Space is limited in the visiting room. Visits are based on a “first come first serve” system.
You are encouraged to have visits in order to maintain family and community ties.
Visiting is conducted on Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and weekends/federal holidays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Visitors will not be processed after 7:30 p.m.on Friday, and after 2:00 p.m. on weekends/federal holidays.
Any exceptions to this schedule must be approved by the Warden. Visitors arriving after 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. on weekends/holidays will not be allowed to visit.
You will be allowed a maximum of four (4) adult visitors in the visiting room at a time. There will be no limit on the number of children allowed to visit; however, you will be responsible for the conduct of all your visitors. All adult visitors will be subject to have their photographs taken prior to admittance. Any adult refusing to be photographed will not be permitted to visit.
Those individuals visiting you should be aware of the following:
It is a Federal crime to bring upon the institution grounds any weapons, intoxicants, drugs, or other contraband. Title 18 United States Code 1791 provides a penalty of imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both, to a person who provides or attempts to provide an inmate anything whatsoever without the knowledge and consent of the Warden. All persons entering upon these premises are subject to routine searches of their person, property (including vehicles), and packages. The Warden, upon a reasonable suspicion that a person may be introducing contraband or demonstrating actions that might otherwise endanger institution safety, security, or good order may request the person, as a prerequisite to entry, to submit to a visual search, pat search, urine surveillance test, breathalyser test, or other comparable tests.
A visitor has the option to refuse any of the searches, tests, or entrance procedures, but the visit will not be allowed. This could also result in an indefinite suspension of visiting privileges for this visitor.
Upon admission to the FCI and SCP, each inmate will be given a Visitor Information Sheet to be completed and returned to the Unit Counselor for final approval. The inmate will be required to forward the Visiting Regulations and the Visitor Information Sheet to the proposed visitors. The Visitor Information Sheet with a signed release authorization form must be returned to the Unit Counselor by the proposed visitor prior to any further action concerning the visit. Upon receipt of the completed authorization form, the Unit Counselor will initiate a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) inquiry. Only those visitors documented on the approved visiting list will be authorized to visit. Members of your immediate family (wife, children, parents, brothers, sisters) will ordinarily be placed on the approved visiting list as long as they can be verified in your PSI and upon completion of an NCIC check. However, the inmate will initiate the Visitor Information Form, and the form must be returned to the institution before the NCIC check is initiated. The Visitor Information Form will be mailed to the requested visitor, who must answer the questions and return the form, via the U.S. Postal Service, to the Correctional Counselor. It is requested that you inform your friends and relatives not to come to visit until after the final approval. Once your visiting list is approved, you may not change your list for six months. A common-law spouse will usually be treated as an immediate family member provided the common-law relationship was established in a state which recognizes such a status. For all other relations and friends, a completed Visitor Information Form/Questionnaire and Release Form will be required prior to consideration for approval. Visiting privileges usually will be extended to friends and associates having established a relationship prior to confinement unless such visits could reasonably create a threat to the security and good order of the institution.
Requests for approval for these additional visitors should be made to your Counselor at least three (3) weeks in advance of the intended visit.
An inmate’s unit team at the inmate’s request may submit a special visit request to the Unit Manager and the Associate Warden Programs for approval. Details of the visit should be written in an Inmate Request to Staff Member (Cop-Out) and submitted to your Unit Team Member.
All visits will begin and end in the visiting room. A short embrace will be allowed only upon the visitor’s arrival and departure. Inmates entering the visiting area will be dressed in institution clothing. All inmates will be required to wear their khaki uniform with a belt and shirt tucked into their trousers. Inmates may also wear their institution-issued uniform steel-toed shoes or personal tennis shoes in the visiting room which will be inspected and stamped by the Visiting Room Officer. Clothing must be neat and clean.
Visitor Allowed Items
Your visitors will be required to dress appropriately when visiting you at this facility. The Operations Lieutenant or Duty Officer will be consulted prior to denying a visitor’s entry into the institution because of their attire. Short shorts, tank tops, halter tops, and other clothing of a suggestive or revealing nature will not be permitted in the visiting room (sleeveless blouses, shorts/skirts not meeting the knee, absence of undergarments, jeans with holes, see-through clothing, spandex clothes, etc). Khaki, green, or camouflage will not be allowed. Footwear must be worn by all visitors.
Only the following articles are authorized to be carried into the institution by visitors:
(a) Wallet or small clear plastic bag.
(b) Money to be used for refreshments, no more than$25.00.
(c) Photo identification
(d) Essential medication (will be limited to the amountneeded during the visiting period and controlled by the Visiting Room Officer)
Visitors are permitted to bring a reasonable amount of diapers, infant care items, and feminine hygiene products into the visiting room. No food may be brought into the visiting room since vending equipment is conveniently located. Review the most current Institutional Supplement on Visiting Regulations regarding other items not listed in this section.
The following items will be permitted when infants are visiting:
(a) Four (4) Diapers
(b) One (1) pack of baby wipes (unopened)
(c) One (1) change of infant clothing
(d) Two (2) baby bottles with contents
(e) Two (2) small jars of baby food
(f) One (1) receiving blanket
(g) One (1) see-through drinking cup
Visitor Prohibited Items
No items may be exchanged in the visiting room without prior approval by the appropriate staff member.
Visitor Dress Code
o Males must wear shirts.
o Shorts will not be allowed above the bend of the knee.
o Sleeveless/tank tops are not permitted.
o Backless outfits, bare midriffs, halter tops, bathing suits, see-through blouses or pants, and Spandexexercise clothing are not permitted.
o Length of dresses/skirts must be no more than one inch above the knee cap.
After the appropriate investigation, the Unit Counselor will enter the required information into the Visiting Program. An NCIC check will be completed on all inmate visitors except for law enforcement officials or officers of the Court (Judges, Probation/Parole Officers, District Attorneys, U.S. Attorneys). The Unit Team members will be the only ones authorized to place a visitor on an inmate’s approved visiting list. A hard copy of the visiting list will be placed in the inmate’s central file and at the Front Entrance Officer’s station. The Unit Counselor will notify the inmate of those visitors who have been approved. Should a visitor be disapproved, the unit counselor will notify the affected inmate, and it will be the inmate’s responsibility to notify the visitor of their visiting status. Normally, a maximum of twenty (20) visitors wil lbe authorized on the inmate’s visiting list.
The Unit Counselor will forward the Visitor Information Sheet with a signed release authorization form at government expense for any inmate found to be indigent, according to Program Statement 2000.02, Accounting Management Manual, Visiting Regulations have been incorporated in the Admission and Orientation Handbook. The handbook is provided to all inmates entering the facility.
The Unit Counselor will periodically review the visiting list to ensure its accuracy. The list may be amended by the inmate’s submission of an Inmate Request to Staff Member form to his Unit Team indicating the desired change.
These include mother, father, step-parents, foster parents, brothers, sisters, spouse, and children. These individuals are to be placed on the visiting list if identified in the inmate’s Pre-sentence Investigation and upon completion of an NCIC check. However, the inmate will initiate the visitor form, and the form must be returned to the institution before the NCIC check is initiated.
The word “spouse” includes a common-law relationship previously established in a state honoring such a relationship. An inmate who has provided the name of a common-law relation must forward verification documentation to his Unit Team for their use. This may include, but is not limited to, joint leases or contracts; joint banking accounts; or, utility bills with both parties named. The inmate’s Unit Team will review the material and place the common-law relation on the visiting list once the relationship is verified.
For inmates who do not have a legal spouse, but there is an individual with whom the inmate has been co-habitating, and there is evidence the relationship was similar to that of a spouse alone, that individual can be approved for visiting. The pre-existing relationship must be documented, which may include names on a lease, birth certificates of children, common address on a driver’s license, etc.; and be subject to the normal screening procedures prior to approval.
Visitors With a Criminal Record
Any visitor with a criminal record requires the Warden’s approval. This approval process can take several weeks, and your Correctional Counselor will advise you if the visitor has been approved. Also, potential visitors who are currently under supervision by any probation department or parole office must first get permission from that department.
An official letter must be mailed to our facility directly from that department. Inmates requesting to visit another inmate who is an immediate family member may do so with the approval of the Associate Warden of Programs. Your request may be denied with any negative documented behavior and/or based on any safety and security concerns of the institution.
A completed Information Questionnaire and Release Form will be required prior to consideration for approval. Visiting privileges usually will be extended to friends and associates having established a relationship prior to confinement unless such visits could reasonably create a threat to the security and good order of the institution. Any exception to the prior relationship requirement will be approved in writing by the Warden.
The Case Manager will be responsible for verifying any potential visitor as a former business associate of the inmate, meeting the criteria outlined in BOP policy. The Unit Manager will then approve/disapprove the visit and enter appropriate documentation in the inmate’s central file.
When it has been determined that an inmate is a citizen of a foreign country, the Warden must permit the consular representative of that country to visit on matters of legitimate business.
The Warden may not withhold this privilege even though the inmateis in disciplinary status. The requirement for existence of an established relationship prior to confinement does not apply to consular visitors.
Visits from representatives of Community Groups
The Warden may approve as regular visitors, forone or more inmates, representatives from community groups such as civic and religious organizations, or other persons whose interests and qualifications for this kind of service are confirmed by staff.
IF AN ATTORNEY REPORTS TO THE INSTITUTION FOR AN ATTORNEY/CLIENT VISIT DURING NORMAL VISITING HOURS, THE ATTORNEY MUST BE ON THE INMATE’S APPROVED VISITING LIST, UNLESS A MEMORANDUM HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE INMATE’S UNIT TEAM. THIS MEMORANDUM IS TO BE APPROVED BY THE CAPTAIN. IF AN ATTORNEY WISHES TO VISIT AN INMATE DURING NON-VISITING HOURS, THE UNIT TEAM MUST APPROVE AND SUPERVISE THE VISIT.
Clergy visits to inmates are approved through the Religious Services Department. Clergy visits will be verified by the Chaplain, and the visits will be approved for certain days during regular hours in the Visiting Room. A Chaplain will issue an authorization memo for each visit. A copy of this memorandum will be provided to the Lieutenants’ Office, Front Entrance, and the Visiting Room Officer. When the Clergy arrives, he/she will be checked in as expeditiously as possible, utilizing the same procedures used for attorneys. The Receptionist will be responsible for entering the visitor’s information into the Visiting Program.
Representatives of Law Enforcement Agencies, U.S. Parole Offices, Attorneys, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, and Mental Health Professionals performing court-ordered examinations will receive priority when processing. Representatives are to call and schedule their visits by contacting the inmate’s Unit Team. The Unit Team will notify the S.I.S. office by memorandum concerning all pending law enforcement visits. Every effort should be made to schedule the visit during normal visiting hours. Requests should be called in at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the proposed visit. If approved, Unit Staff will prepare a memorandum authorizing the visit and distribute copies to the Lieutenants’ Office, Front Entrance, and Visiting Room. If the visit is requested during non-visiting hours, the Unit Team will attempt to accommodate the request insofar as time, security, and manpower constraints permit. Ordinarily, a 24-hour advance notice is required. Additionally, the visitation privilege will not supercede institutional security and orderly functioning by unnecessarily interfering with other institutional activities. The Receptionist will be responsible for entering the visitor’s information into the Visiting Program.
Visits to Offenders not in a Regular Population Setting
Visits occurring after the initial 72-hour intake period will be limited to immediate family, pending verification of proposed visitors.
Inmates transferred from other federal facilities will maintain their approved visiting lists unless circumstances warrant a change. All visitors will be rechecked through NCIC.
Visitors requesting to see an inmate in the institution Health Services Unit will require the approval of the Captain and the Health Services personnel on duty.
Visits for inmates hospitalized in the community will be determined by the Warden or Acting Warden only. If a visit is approved, it will be limited to immediate family only. All visits will be subject to the general visiting policy of the hospital. An approved visiting list will be forwarded to the hospital officer(s).
Special Housing Unit
The Operations Lieutenant will be notified when an inmate in the Special Housing Unit has visitors. Each case will be individually handled. During the visit, inmates in Special Housing status will be under constant supervision of the Visiting Room Officer and will be seated at a designated area. Certain inmates will be designated to visit in the Non-contact area. These inmates will not have any contact with the General Population inmates. If more than one inmate is designated to have Non-Contact visit, there will be a time limit established to ensure all inmates are allotted time to visit.
The FCI and SCP are not designated as holdover facilities. In the event that a holdover inmate arrives, visitation will only be permitted for those individuals verified as immediate family members. A request to visit an inmate on holdover status must be submitted to the respective Unit Team at least one day in advance of the visiting date for approval. The visits will be conducted in accordance with the aforementioned provisions pertaining to Special Housing Unit inmates.
Number of Visitors
Record of Visit Denial
Professional Visitor Sign-in
Social Visitors Sign-in
NOTE: DRESSES, SKIRTS, AND SHORTS WILL BE ALLOWED
FCI Inmate Strip Searches
SCP Inmate Strip Searches
Supervision of Visits
The Visiting Room Officer will be aware of all articles passed between the inmate and the visitor. If there is any reasonable basis to suspect materials are being passed which constitute a violation of the law or regulations, the officer may examine the item. The Operations Lieutenant will be consulted in questionable cases.
Inmate Visiting Attire
Inmates will be allowed to enter the visiting room with one plain wedding band and one religious neck chain.
Inmate and Visitor Conduct within Visiting Room
Inmates, upon entering the Visiting Room, will report to the Visiting Room Officer for check in. The vending machine areas are off limits to all inmates at all times.
Physical contact between the inmate and his visitor(s) will be limited to an embrace upon the initial arrival and at the completion of the visit. The officers will issue only one warning; afterwards, the visit will be subject to termination by the Operations Lieutenant or Institutional Duty Officer, and disciplinary action will be taken which may result in the loss of visiting privileges for a period of time. Criminal prosecution may be initiated against the visitor, the inmate, or both in cases of criminal violations.
You are permitted to hold small children. You are responsible for your children. You and your visitors are required to observe very high standards of behavior. You are not permitted to receive any item of any kind from any visitor including your attorney. This includes legal material. Your failure to comply with visiting regulations can be cause for loss of this privilege for a specified period.
A copy of the Visiting Regulations will be posted in the Visiting Room and will be given to each approved visitor by the Visiting Room Officer upon the visitor’s initial visit to the institution. Any violation of the institution’s visiting procedures may result in termination of the visit and/or disciplinary action. Only the Operations Lieutenant and/or the Institution Duty Officer have the authority to terminate a visit. However, the Visiting Room Officer can deny entry of unauthorized and pre-approved visitors if the visitor violates any of the Institutional Visiting Rules and Regulations.
Conduct of children will be the responsibility of the inmate and the visit can be terminated upon the inappropriate behavior of the inmate. The television room will be the exclusive use of the children who visit.