Contraband Notice

The Sheriff of Pickens County, in conjunction with the provisions identified in SC Department of Corrections Regulation 33-1 and South Carolina Code of Laws Section 24-7-155, has designated the following items as contraband within the Pickens County Detention Facility:

Regulation 33-1

A. Any item which was not issued to the inmate officially or which cannot be purchased by him or her from the jail canteen.

B. Weapons, any and all firearms, knives of any kind and all descriptions, clubs, billies or any other article that may be used for offense or defense.

C. Drugs of any description and particularly barbiturates, narcotics, medicines and poison.

D. Any and all types of alcoholic drinks and any liquid containing alcohol.

E. Keys and locks.

F. Tools of any description not approved for issue to inmates by the Facility Manager

G. Money in any denomination or amount not submitted through the inmate treasurer.

Additional items deemed as contraband by the Pickens County Sheriff under SC Law 24-7-155 include the following:

  • Food items from outside the facility
  • Glass or metal containers
  • Chewing gum
  • Tobacco products of any kind
  • Pornographic material
  • Pick combs
  • Lighters or matches of any type
  • Aftershave or cologne
  • Aerosol containers
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Any item, even if issued, when used in a manner for which it was not designed or has been altered in any manner.

Notice is hereby served on all inmates and their visitors and any other person that the provisions of 24-7-55, SC Code 1976 will be enforced; and all persons are urged to observe the law and refrain from violating this section.

SECTION 24-7-155

Furnishing or possessing contraband in county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility prohibited; penalty.

It is unlawful for a person to furnish or attempt to furnish a prisoner in any county, municipal, or multijurisdictional jail, prison camp, work camp, or overnight lockup facility with a matter declared to be contraband. It is unlawful for an inmate of a facility to possess a matter declared to be contraband. Matters considered contraband within the meaning of this section are those which are designated as contraband and published by the Department of Corrections as Regulation 33-1 of the Department of Corrections and this regulation must be displayed in a conspicuous place available and visible to visitors and inmates at the facility. The facility manager of a local detention facility, with the approval of the sheriff or chief administrative officer as appropriate, may designate additional items as contraband. Notice of the additional items must be displayed with Regulation 33-1.

A person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars nor more than ten thousand dollars or imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than ten years, or both.

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