The Jail uses video visitation to minimize
the potential introduction of contraband
during the visiting process and to reduce
inmate movement. In order for an inmate to
receive a visit he/she must be incarcerated
for at least 72 hours.
If you wish to visit an inmate, the inmate
will first need to tell you the proper time
and date that he/she has scheduled the visit
for and you
must be prepared to present a proper
student, state, or government photo
identification at the time of visitation.
All visitors may be checked for outstanding
warrants at check in. Any visitor found to
have outstanding warrants will be placed
under arrest. Be aware that an inmate may
refuse to see any visitor. Out of state
visitors’ who present an out of state
picture I.D. may be granted one unscheduled
visit if space is available.
Sunday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Rules and Regulations:
Visitors suspected of being under the
influence of alcohol or drugs will not be
admitted to the facility.
visitors must be at least 17 years of age or have consent from an adult to visit.
for Adult Supervision of a Minor
Children cannot be left in the Lobby
Visitors may not give or receive anything
from an inmate.
No personal effects such as purses, cell
phones, smoking materials, are allowed in
the visitation area.
All visitors are subject to search before
entering the visitation area, refusing to
comply with a search request will result in
the denial of visitation.
Members of the Clergy related to an inmate
fall under the rules of general visitation.
Any visitor who exhibits disruptive conduct
or behavior may have their visit cancelled
at any time.
Visitors will not enter any areas of the facility except approved
routes to and from the visiting area.
No food and/or beverages will be allowed in
the visitation area.
Visitors must wear proper attire which
conforms to reasonable standards. Halter
tops, underwear-type T-shirts, tank
tops, fish net shirts, or any type of
shirt or pants made with see through
fabric are not allowed by any visitor
(male or female).
If the Visitation Officer
feels that a visitor’s clothing is
inappropriate, the visit may be denied.
Visitors must remain fully
clothed during the visit.
Shoes and shirt are
The Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center operates a
cashless system for inmates. This means
incarcerated individuals are not allowed to
have U.S. currency. Every inmate in the
facility has an account that allows the
inmate to make purchases from the
commissary. The inmate will utilize their
inmate number located on their armband and
their birth date to use the kiosk system in
the housing units to place orders. A maximum
amount of one hundred dollars can be spent
each week on commissary; however all items
must be stored in the inmates bin or box.
Money can be deposited into the inmates Canteen account at the
Kiosk located in the Sheriff Al Cannon
Detention Center Lobby, or by sending money
orders through the U.S. Mail (Do not send
Cash or Personal Checks), or online at
All money orders should be made out to the Charleston County
Detention Center. The inmates’ name and
number should only be placed on the memo
Any money orders
altered or made out in any other manner will
not be accepted and will be returned to
For money to be available for inmates to use for Canteen it must be
deposited before 4:30 on
Inmate’s valuable property, personal
property, and money may be released to any
person between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:30
p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. daily. The
inmate will verify the identity of the
person receiving the property or money by
viewing the provided picture identification
card and the inmate will approve/disapprove
the release by signing a Valuable
Property/Cash Release Form. Money will be
released in a check made out in the inmate’s
name only. Checks will not be given to
inmates to be endorsed.
When sending mail to an inmate you must
follow these rules.
Put your name and return address on the envelope.
If an envelope
arrives at the facility without a return
address the envelope will be returned to US
Put the inmate’s full name (the name in
which they were booked in under).
Address the envelope like the following example:
John Doe #1231231 C/O
Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center
3841 Leeds Avenue
North Charleston SC, 29405
The only mail
inmates are allowed to receive are
letters. No packages are accepted at the
incoming and outgoing mail will be inspected
for contraband. Any mail found to contain
contraband will be held by the SACDC and may
serve as the basis for disciplinary or
The following items are not permitted to be mailed into the jail:
magazines, newspapers, etc. unless
mailed/shipped directly from the publisher
and have a softbound cover.
Cosmetics, toiletries, etc.
Stationary, envelopes, postage stamps,
pencils, pens, etc. (Note: These items are
available for purchase on the canteen.
Should an inmate not have sufficient funds
to purchase these items, the jail will
provide access to such items 'free' at no
cost to the inmate up to two (2) personal
letters per week)
personal checks, second party checks,
traveler's checks, or non-U.S. Postal money
or electronic greeting cards.
clips, staples, rubber bands, stickers,
glue, tape, string, or other similar items.
Prepaid phone cards.
Razor blades, disposable razors, or any item that may be used as a
Any item declared to be contraband under South Carolina State Law
and/or by the Detention Center
Upon completion of the booking process, inmates will be allowed
access to a telephone where they will have
the opportunity to make a free local
telephone call to notify their family,
friends, or attorney that they have been
phone calls after processing are collect
calls in nature. If an inmate attempts a collect call and the call cannot be accepted for billing or blocking issues, the inmate and family member will hear a recorded message from GTL explaining how to set up an account. The telephone number to contact GTL is (866)230-7761.