Allendale Correctional Institution

Allendale Correctional Institution is a level 2 correctional facility for male inmates that is located in Fairfax, South Carolina. This facility can house approximately 1,200 inmates. They are housed in double-bunked and triple-bunked cells. There are two character based housing units reserved for inmates who display good behavior.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

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. 

Please contact Allendale Correctional Institution to find out the current visiting days/hours.

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 area code) 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.

Visiting Applications

Each inmate in the South Carolina Department of Corrections is allowed to have a maximum of fifteen (15) approved visitors on his/her visiting list. Each inmate is provided with  "Request for Visiting Privileges" forms 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.

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

Visiting Rules

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 a minor niece/nephew(s) 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.

Physical Address

Allendale Correctional Institution
1057 Revolutionary Trail
Fairfax, SC 29827

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(803) 632-2561 or (803) 734-0653

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Allendale Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 1151
Fairfax, SC 29827

All incoming inmate mail must be clearly marked with the inmate’s legal name, SCDC number, living unit, full name of the institution, street address, city, state, and zip code with a complete return address in the upper left-hand corner. However, every effort is made to deliver all mail received at every institution.

SCDC sponsors four Inmate Package Programs yearly whereby inmate's family/friends may order various package combinations from Access Securepak for shipment to the inmate's institution. The packages contain a wide variety of snacks, candy, and seafood.

Please utilize the following link http://www.southcarolinapackages.comto place your orders.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Allendale Correctional Institution, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in South Carolina, please click here.

How to Send Money

There are several fast, easy, and convenient ways to send money to an inmate at Allendale Correctional Institution. The SCDC uses GTL for money services, including deposits online, over the phone, and at retail locations.

Cooper Trust Fund Accounts

Every inmate in the Department of Corrections has a Cooper Trust Fund Account that allows them to make purchases in the institution. The back of the inmate's identification card has a magnetic strip that allows the ID card to function as a debit card to that inmate's Cooper Trust Fund Account. When the inmate desires to purchase items in the institution, his ID card is "swiped" and the purchase is allowed if there are sufficient funds in the inmate's account to pay for the desired items.


To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. It's the quickest and easiest way to get your loved ones the funds they need. When creating your account, choose South Carolina Dept. of Corrections as the facility.

Mobile App

Download the mobile app and send money wherever you happen to be! You can download the free app for Android devices here and for iPhone and iPad here.


You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (888) 988-4768 and follow the prompts. For trust (canteen) deposits, the Site ID number is 121. To speak with a live agent 24/7, call customer service at (877) 650-4249.

Walk-In (cash or debit card)

Cash deposits to ConnectNetwork are now available at 26,000 retail locations nationwide including Walmart, ACE, Kmart, Kroger, and more. Find a location.

  • To use this walk-in retail – pay in cash option:Step 1: Start online at or with our free ConnectNetwork mobile app.
  • Step 2: Set up the cash payment by selecting “Walk-In Retail (Pay in Cash)”.
  • Step 3: Then, to complete your transaction, bring cash and the PaySlip to your local store.

Mail a Money Order

Family members and friends can make deposits into an inmate's Cooper Trust Fund account through GTL. Other than the cost to obtain a money order, there are no fees to deposit it, but money orders must be mailed and the deposit slip that must be sent with them must be read electronically and processed before the funds become available. All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to:

GTL Financial Services
10005 Technology Blvd West
Suite 130
Dallas TX 75220

Money orders sent to SCDC or an individual facility will be returned. All funds will be available to the offender within three business days of being received at the address above. All money orders must be made payable to GTL.

The money order deposit slip is available here.(en Español)

Programs For Inmates

Education: Literacy, GED preparation, and Adult Education.

Health Care: Routine medical and dental care on site with 24-hour medical coverage.

Programs: Allendale CI became SCDC's first Character-Based Institution in 2015, offering a plethora of programs and services to inmates in an effort to better prepare returning citizens for successful entry, including: Jumpstart (faith-based program that prepares inmates for life after prison); Bee program (making of honey); Quilting; Addiction Recovery Program; Animal Rescue and Training Program Cornerstone (Education Improvement Program) and numerous other programs.

Community Services: Provides an "Operation Behind Bars" program for at risk youth and adults to tour the prison and hear inmates describe what led to their criminal behavior and life inside prison.

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Careers at Allendale Correctional Institution

If you are interested in a career with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, you can find out more information about available jobs at Allendale Correctional Institution by clicking here.