Kirkland Correctional Institution

Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison for male inmates that is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The prison was first opened in 1975, and houses approximately 1,700 inmates.

Kirkland receives, assesses, classifies, and assigns all male offenders age 17 and above sentenced to 91 days or more. Combined, the R&E process receives approximately 8,000 offenders each year. 

Kirkland is the site for the Maximum Security Unit that serves the state. This specialized housing unit is where the most dangerous and violent offenders are housed. In addition to the normal inmate population, Kirkland maintains the death row for the entire state.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Please contact Kirkland 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, including COVID-19.

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.

Visiting Applications

The only way you can receive a "visiting privileges form" is from the inmate who wants you to visit. Inmates will send the forms to their prospective visitors. You must complete this form and forward it to Visitation through the Central Visitation Center for processing.  

Once the application form has been properly completed, submitted, and approved, the individual is added to the inmate's visiting list. 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

The South Carolina Department of Corrections feels that visits are an important part of each inmate's rehabilitation. At the same time, the Department must provide for the safety and security of each facility.

Based on security concerns, all personal devices that communicate wirelessly, including activity fitness trackers and smart watches, are prohibited from being brought into SCDC institutions. 

All visitors age 18 and older are required to submit to a pat/frisk search in addition to the existing search procedures.

Physical Address

Kirkland Correctional Institution
4344 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

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General Phone Number

(803) 896-1521

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Kirkland Correctional Institution
4344 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

All incoming inmate mail must include the inmate’s legal name and SCDC number, living unit. Also include the full name of the institution and have a complete return address in the upper left-hand corner

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

Visit to place your orders.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Kirkland 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 ways for you to send money to your inmate at Kirkland Correctional Institution. The SCDC uses GTL for money services.

Cooper Trust Fund Accounts

Every inmate in the South Carolina Department of Corrections has a Cooper Trust Fund Account. This is how they purchase canteen, phone time, stamps, etc…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. 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. 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 SCDC or an individual facility will be returned. All money orders must be made payable to GTL. The money order deposit slip is available here. (en Español)

Programs For Inmates

  • Education: Educational evaluations, monthly GED testing, Corrections Learning Network, GED Preparation, and Adult Basic Education.
  • Health Care: Routine medical and dental care provided on site. A DHEC licensed 24-bed infirmary for use by all SCDC male inmates. Mental health services provided by staff of the Gilliam Psychiatric Hospital. Intermediate Care Services Unit for males.
  • Programs: Religious services, volunteer services and recreational services.
  • 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.

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Careers at Kirkland 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 Kirkland Correctional Institution by clicking here.