Kershaw Correctional Institution

Kershaw Correctional Institution is a level 2 facility for male inmates that is located in Kershaw, South Carolina. It is operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Kershaw CI houses approximately 1,400 inmates.

Level 2 facilities are medium-security institutions. Housing is primarily double bunk, cell type with some institutions having double-bunk cubicles. With single-fenced perimeters and electronic surveillance, level 2 institutions provide a higher level of security than level 1 facilities.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Please contact Kershaw Correctional Institution to find out the current visiting days/hours. You can also call the visitation Inquiry Line at 803-896-1838 for more information. As of September 2020, visitation is still suspended due to COVID-19.

Visiting Applications

A maximum of fifteen (15) approved visitors is allowed on an inmate's visiting list. You can apply for visiting privileges only if your inmate sends you a  "Request for Visiting Privileges" form. Every prospective visitor must complete this form and forward it to Visitation through the Central Visitation Center for processing.  

You will be added to the inmate's visiting list when your application has been approved. It is your inmate's responsibility to notify you of your approval.

Mail applications to:

Division of Visitation and I/M DT
P. O. Box 212969
Columbia, South Carolina, 29221-2969

If you have any questions about the application process, call the Visitation Inquiry Line 803-896-1838 and press 1.

Dress Code

The following dress code is strictly enforced. If staff decides that a visitor is inappropriately dressed, they will be denied admission to the institution.

  • Shirts and shoes are mandatory.
  • Clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh (e.g., exposing chest, back, thighs, or midsections) is prohibited. Halter tops, underwear-type tee-shirts, tank tops, fishnet shirts, or any type of shirt or pants made with see-through fabric are NOT allowed to be worn by any visitor (male or female). 
  • Sleeveless shirts WILL NOT be allowed.
  • Visitors may wear Bermuda-length shorts provided they are not more than three (3") inches above the top of the kneecap.
  • Women and girls may wear dresses or skirts. However, no sleeveless dresses are allowed and all skirts must be no higher than three [3"] inches above the top of the knee
  • Any article of clothing with a picture or language that may be considered profane or offensive by current public and/or SCDC standards will not be allowed. The decision of the Duty Warden/designee is final.
  • Tight clothing like spandex, tights, leggings, tank tops, etc., is prohibited.
  • Hair pieces and any hair accessories are subject to search.
  • No jewelry except a wedding ring, one (1) pair of earrings, one (1) religious medallion on a necklace or chain, one (1) wristwatch, and a medical alert bracelet.

At institutions where the use of khaki inmate uniforms has been fully implemented, all visitors may wear blue jeans/shorts, khaki pants/shorts, or other color denim jeans/shorts.

At institutions that continue to utilize blue-jean denim inmate uniforms (shock units), visitors will be prohibited from wearing blue jeans/shorts or blue denim pants/shorts. Denim jeans/shorts other than the color blue will be allowed.

What can you bring to a visit?

Visitors are allowed to bring a small wallet or change purse(Clear plastic only). However, no cash is allowed inside the visiting room. Kershaw Correctional Institution uses cashless vending machines that require Paykey devices (electronic recording tools the size of a keychain onto which cash can be transferred). These devices can be purchased for $5 or $6 at the entrance of the facility and can hold up to $50. 

You may also bring one set of keys and a photo ID card.

Anyone who needs prescription medications at certain times during visiting hours can bring only the dosage necessary to be taken by the individual during his/her visit

Visitors with infants and small children can bring no more than five (5) diapers, three (3) baby bottles (or two (2) sipper cups for toddlers, must be clear), and three (3) jars of sealed baby food in a clear plastic bag. 

Baby wipes/towelettes may be brought in by visitors provided they are brought in a clear plastic bag. Infant/Baby carriers will be allowed but will be subject to search prior to entry into the institution.

Physical Address

Kershaw Correctional Institution
4848 Gold Mine Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067

Driving Directions:

General Phone Number

(803) 896-3300

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Kershaw Correctional Institution
4848 Gold Mine Highway
Kershaw, SC 29067

Clearly mark all inmate mail with the inmate’s legal name, SCDC number, living unit. It must also include the full name of the institution, street address, city, state, and zip code. Also remember to include a complete return address in the upper left-hand corner.

SCDC sponsors four Inmate Package Programs each year for family/friends. You can order packages containing a wide variety of snacks, candy, and seafood. Please visit to place your orders.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Kershaw 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

The SCDC uses GTL for money services, and each inmate at Kershaw Correctional Institution has a Cooper Trust Fund Account to make purchases at the canteen. There are five ways to add money to an inmate's Cooper Trust Fund account.


To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. When creating your account, choose South Carolina Dept. of Corrections as the facility.

Mobile App

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

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 directly to the 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

The Division of Programs, Reentry and Rehabilitative Services provides numerous opportunities to assist inmates in all facets of rehabilitation. Inmates can learn new job skills, obtain their GED, earn vocational certificates, receive substance abuse treatment, learn about how crimes affect victims and even assist in teaching youths about life in prison.

  • Education: GED preparation and Work Keys.
  • Vocational Training: Carpentry, Upholstery and Small Engine Repair.
  • Health Care: Routine medical and dental care provided on site with 24-hour emergency care available.
  • Programs: Religious services, volunteer services, Alcoholics Anonymous, recreational services, Impact of Crime classes and Pre-Release Program, Spice Program.
  • Community Services: Serves as one of the video conferencing sites for parole hearings in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon 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 Kershaw 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 Kershaw Correctional Institution by clicking here.