While the courts have indicated that there may be some limited right to visitation, such right can be restricted or denied based on legitimate government interests related to the safe, orderly, and secure operation of the facility; to prevent continued criminal activities; or other similar concerns. In such cases where visitation has been restricted and/or denied, alternative means of communicating with family and friends may be established via correspondence through the U.S. Mail and/or via the use of the inmate telephone system as may be appropriate.
Generally, an inmate detained in the Spartanburg County Detention Facility (jail) is granted one (1) hour of visitation per week, unless such privilege has been restricted as noted above. To provide the inmate with an opportunity to visit with friends and relatives as well as maintain a safe and secure environment, each inmate housing unit will be assigned a specific day of the week for visitation. Each assigned visitation day will rotate weekly so the same housing unit will not be restricted to just one particular day of the week. An officer will come to each inmate's housing unit on Saturday and Sunday of each week with a list of available time slots. Each inmate will be asked to select one (1) time slot from the available slots with the understanding that due to limited visiting facilities; the number of inmates housed in the facility; and other factors, that there will be times that a particular time slot that an inmate desires may not always be available. Note: Inmates who enter the facility after the list has been completed and/or during the week will have to wait to the next weekend, before they are eligible to schedule visits unless otherwise permitted within this policy. Once an inmate has selected one (1) slot that he/she desires for their assigned visitation day, he/she will then be responsible for notifying their friends/relatives of their assigned day and their chosen time. Note: after the inmate has selected their time slot for their visitation day, this information will not be given to the public due to security reasons.
III. Scheduled Visiting Times