Leath Correctional Institution

Leath Correctional Institution is a level 2 prison for female inmates that is located in Greenwood, South Carolina. It is operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) and can house a maximum of 968 inmates. 

This facility opened in September 1991, and found itself in some trouble right away. A company called Third Generation contracted with Leath to manufacture women's underwear and employ 35 Leath prisoners. 

These prisoners produced about $1.5 million worth of clothing. JCPenney, Victoria's Secret, and other companies bought the underwear for resale, according to a 1995 National Institute for Justice study. The contract was terminated by the mid-1990s.

One of the most notable inmates at Leath Correctional Institution is Susan Smith. She was convicted in 1995 of killing her two children.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

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

SCDC 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.

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.

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

Leath Correctional Institution
2809 Airport Road
Greenwood, SC 29649

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/fDBiwQu9bC7hb5h66

General Phone Number

(864) 229-5709 or
(803) 896-1000

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Leath Correctional Institution
2809 Airport Road
Greenwood, SC 29649

Inmates are not allowed to receive cash, stamps, any writing materials, anything to eat, drink, or smoke. General population inmates may receive books, magazines, and newspapers if they are sent directly from the publisher or from a publication supplier (licensed bookstore) and if they are paid for in advance. Inmates in lock up areas are limited as to what they may receive.

It is best to contact the inmate to inquire as to what is and what is not allowed before sending anything other than a letter.

Only 10 photos per envelope are permitted. If more than 10 pictures are sent, the inmate will have the option to select 10 pictures, all others will be sent to contraband or discarded by the inmate.

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 http://www.southcarolinapackages.com to place your orders.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Leath 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 Leath 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. 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.


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 ConnectNetwork.com 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.

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

For detailed information about the inmate programs available at Leath Correctional Institution, click here


Literacy, GED with WorkKeys, Pre-GED, and Horticulture.


Private sector plant manufacturing t-shirts. Manufacturing apparel for institutional use.

Health Care:

Routine medical, mental health, and dental care provided on site with 24-hour medical coverage.

Chaplaincy Programs:

  • Religious services for all faiths. 
  • Self-Paced In Class Education (SPICE) program is an 18 week faith based initiative designed to reduce recidivism. 
  • Addiction Counseling Group Therapy, Alcoholics Anonymous, Anger Management, Becoming A Woman God Can Use, Breaking Free, Creative Writing Workshop, Job Readiness, Impact of Crime, Violence Prevention, Character Arts Program, Job Readiness, Parenting, Crochet class, and Braille production center for the State of South Carolina.
  • Shoplifter's resolution workshop, Women stepping into fitness, the character craft program.

Community Services:

  • Provides a correctional officer supervised litter crew who provides services to Palmetto Pride. 
  • 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. 
  • Service based Character Arts Program teaches inmates to give back to the community by working with The Burton Center for disabilities and special needs, The Guardian Ad-Litem Program, The Greenwood Genetic Center and local homeless shelters, nursing homes, and community outreach groups. 
  • The Braille program provides quality Braille textbooks and tactile graphics for students in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

SPICE Program

Self-Paced In-Class Education (SPICE) Program is an inmate education and employment initiative. This initiative is a faith-based community partnership between SC Department of Corrections (SCDC), SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS), SC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and SC technical colleges. 

The SPICE program provides meaningful educational opportunities (vocational training, life skill training, spiritual awareness and career readiness training). The SPICE program consists of two components; an institutional component and a community–based supervision component.

The institutional component is operated by SCDC at designated institutional sites throughout the state. SPICE program participants are involved in weekly class training and vocational/educational training from our technical colleges. Each participant must acknowledge that this is a voluntary program and sign a mandatory participation contract agreeing to comply with all SPICE program guidelines. Inmates are required to participate in a SPICE program curriculum consisting of educational, spiritual, social/life skills, vocational, health education, and wellness training. The average length of the institutional component is 18 weeks.

The community-based supervision component is operated by SCDPPPS. Participants are involved in vocational training or GED initiative and attend spiritual events (e.g. church). Participants are assigned community/church sponsors and mentors to assist in this transition. Offenders who choose not to participate in spiritual events may opt to participate in approved public works programs or community events with assistance from their sponsor/mentor.

Upon completion of the vocational/educational training element, the designated SCDPPS agents will coordinate with community sponsors/mentors and other service agencies to facilitate offender employment.

The SPICE program aims to provide a means for eligible inmates to learn, work and contribute back to their communities upon release.

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Careers at Leath 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 Leath Correctional Institution by clicking here.