Lee Correctional Institution

Lee Correctional Institution is a level 3, maximum-security prison for male inmates that is located in Bishopville, South Carolina. This facility houses some of the state's most violent and dangerous offenders. They've either committed serious crimes, or have faced disciplinary issues at lower level prisons.

This facility can house approximately 1,600 inmates and is operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections. 

Lee Correctional Institution is often referred to as the most dangerous prison in the state of South Carolina. In 2018, there was an inmate riot that was the deadliest U.S. prison riot in 25 years.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Please contact Lee 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 has been properly completed, submitted, and approved, you'll be added to the inmate's visiting list. IT IS THE INMATE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ADVISE HIS/HER VISITOR(S) OF THEIR APPROVAL.

Visiting Rules

Based on security concerns, all electronic devices – 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

Lee Correctional Institution
990 Wisacky Highway
Bishopville, SC 29010

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/Z6hjU5PqHTfhgyaH9

General Phone Number

(803) 896-2400 or
(803) 428-2800

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Lee Correctional Institution
990 Wisacky Highway
Bishopville, SC 29010

Only letters and 10 photos per envelope are permitted. Do not send cash, stamps, any writing materials, anything to eat, drink, or smoke. You can send books, magazines, newspapers, but they must be paid for in advance and sent directly from the publisher or from a publication supplier (licensed bookstore).

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.


Electronic messaging service is available at Lee Correctional Institution. To use the email service, you will need to visit www.ConnectNetwork.com to create an account. Once you have created and activated your account, you will be able to purchase email credits (stamps) to send emails. 

The ConnectNetwork website will then let you compose and send your message. Inmates are able to use a secure kiosk installed in their housing unit to type and send return messages.

Benefits include:

  • Faster delivery times than the Postal Service
  • Is less expensive than buying a stamp
  • Ease of use

Each message has a cost equivalent to $0.25, and there is an option to prepay for a reply from the inmate. All electronic messages may be reviewed by SCDC staff. Electronic messages containing inappropriate content are subject to being blocked and may not be delivered to the inmate.

To create and fund an ConnectNetwork account, you will need:

  • Valid email address
  • Visa or MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid debit card
For complete instructions on how to create and fund an ConnectNetwork account, visit: www.gtl.net/scdc.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Lee 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 Lee Correctional Institution. The SCDC uses GTL for money services, and all deposits are made into your inmate's 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

Education: Literacy, GED preparation, high school courses, and college correspondence courses.

Vocational Training: Electrical, carpentry, welding, and dog grooming.

Industries: Various recycling projects for a private sector company. Manufacturing apparel, mattresses, and pillows for institutional use.

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

Programs: Operation Behind Bars, PUSD ABE High School, Prison Industry Enterprise Programs, Better Living Incentive Community (BLIC) Character Unit, Addictions Treatment Unit, Long Term Offender Program, Jumpstart, Healing Species Rescue Dog Program, Beekeeping Program, Chaplaincy Services, Recreation Services, Mental Health Unit, CDL Training, Volunteer Services, and Hospice 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.

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Careers at Lee 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 Lee Correctional Institution by clicking here.