The mission of the Spartanburg County Jail (Detention Center) is to protect the public by securely detaining individuals who have been arrested and accused of committing various offenses against Spartanburg County citizens. The goal of the detention center is to ethically and legally provide a secure, sanitary and safe place of pre-trial incarceration in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible, while ensuring inmates receive humane, respectful and professional treatment from detention personnel. Detention administration assures continued oversight and compliance with standards set forth by the State and Local Jail Standards, while providing realistic career development, strategic planning, training and safety for management and staff personnel.
Spartanburg County Main Jail
The main jail is located at 950 California Avenue, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Construction was initiated in 1992, and it was occupied in July of 1994. At the time that it was opened, it was rated with a capacity of 436 inmates (the majority of whom are in pretrial status.) The jail was constructed in response to overcrowding at the jail’s other two facilities, now known as Annex I and Annex II. On the day it was opened in July 1994, 299 inmates were moved from the jail’s existing buildings. Within one month, August 1994, the jail transferred inmates back into the two older buildings due to the inmate population exceeding 400. The jail is currently operating all three buildings at varying population levels depending on the number of individuals being detained at any given time.
Spartanburg County Jail – Annex I
Annex I is located adjacent to the rear of the Spartanburg County Judicial Center (Courthouse) located at 180 Magnolia Street. The building was constructed in 1956-57 and was occupied in 1958. Initially the building had 115 actual beds with a rated capacity of 82. It was later rated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections at a capacity of 64 after some living space had to be converted to other use. When it became necessary to re-open this building in 1994 due to overcrowding at the main detention facility, it was rated for 27 single cells to accommodate the direct supervision ratio requirements for all Spartanburg County facilities. The Department of Corrections has tentatively agreed to permit a variance from the single cell ratio formula in order to re-rate this facility for 76 bed spaces after some repairs are completed and staff is authorized in accordance with an approved classification plan. In the meantime, the facility is utilized from approximately 0700 hours to 1900 hours as a court holding and intake facility for those inmates either going to and/or coming into the jail from the courts. In addition, it serves as a holding facility for juveniles being held for up to six (6) hours either waiting to go to court and/or transfer to the Department of Juvenile Justice. On weekends, it is used as an emergency “overflow” facility to house adult male inmates. While there are currently some unresolved issues regarding air circulation preventing its permanent approval for full-time use by the South Carolina Department of Corrections, in an emergency, Annex I can be used as alternative housing should the jail’s population increase significantly.
Spartanburg County – Annex II
Annex II is located at 180 North Daniel Morgan Avenue. Originally built as an industrial warehouse, the building was converted to dormitory housing for inmates in 1989-90. It has a rated capacity of 131 inmates but currently houses 175-189 inmates daily.