Greenville County
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Detention Center
Juvenile Facility
Frequently Asked Questions
Detention Facility Questions
Why is my child in detention?

Your child is being detained for either a violation of law or a violation set forth by his or her Court Probation Officer, a Family Court Judge or the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Where is my child being detained?

The Juvenile Detention Facility is located in the Greenville County Law Enforcement complex at 108 McGee Street, Greenville, SC 29601. We are the one story brown block building with a blue metal roof across the parking lot from the adult facility. The following photos are an example of the room and dormitory in which your child will be housed.

Building 1 Green Pod
Building 1 Green Pod
What will happen to my child once he/she enters the GCJDF?

Each child is processed and oriented to the facility in a timely and thorough manner. This will include physical and mental health assessments, an inventory of personal property, issuing of detention clothing, orientation of facility rules, and assignment of a room. His/her school records will be requested and your child will be placed in a school program, equivalent to his/her current grade placement.

Will I have contact with my child prior to the detention hearing?

Your child will be allowed two free phone calls upon their arrival and prior to his/her detention hearing. After these first two calls, the child will have access to telephones during their free time. Calls are limited to 15 minutes and the person being called must set up an account with SECURUS (1-800-844-6591) in order to receive calls.

Parents, legal guardians, step parents, foster parents and grandparents may also visit prior to the detention hearing at the following visitation days and times:

  • Monday-Friday 7:30-8:00 am and 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00-10:00 am and 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00-10:00 am and 6:30-8:00 pm.

You must arrive 15 minutes prior to the visitation time and present a valid picture ID (driver’s license or state issued ID). Anyone needing exceptions to the visitation schedule should call 864-467-2436 and speak with the on-shift supervisor.

You are not allowed to wear shorts that are more than 4 inches above the knee, tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, flip flops, house shoes or any other inappropriate clothing.

You are not allowed to bring anything with you to the visitation without permission from the shift supervisor. Please call 864-467-2436 if you have any questions.

Court Hearings
What is the date and time of my child’s detention hearing?

A detention hearing will normally be held within 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays. You may contact DJJ at (864) 467-5875 for the time of your child’s detention hearing.

May I send my child mail while in detention?

Yes, your child may receive an electronic copy of any mailing sent. Please address mail to your child at the following address where the mail will be reviewed, scanned, and sent electronically for your child to review via the inmate kiosks in the dormitories.

Full Name
City, State, Zip Code
PO Box 1907
Pinellas Park, Florida 33780

Upon their request, stamped envelopes and writing materials are provided to your child no more than three (3) times per week.

What are the visitation hours and what may I bring my child?

We have visitation for parents, legal guardians, step parents, foster parents and grandparents seven days a week. The visitation days and times are listed below:

  • Monday-Friday 7:30-8:00 am and 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00-10:00 am and 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Sunday 9:00-10:00 am and 6:30-8:00 pm.


Juveniles are allowed three 30 minute visits per week. Only two people from the approved visitation list may visit at any given time. All visitors must present a valid picture ID and be on the juvnile’s visitation list. If valid ID is not produced at the time of visitation, the visitation will be denied until proper identification can be provided.

All visitors should be conservatively dressed. Visitors are not allowed to wear shorts that are more than 4” above the knee, tank tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops, flip flops or any open toed shoes. Staff can refuse any visitor who is inappropriately dressed.

Visitors are not allowed to bring any items into the facility. Bringing in contraband into the facility is a crime and violators will be prosecuted. If contraband is suspected, visitors may be searched. If visitors refuse to be searched they must leave the facility immediately and their names may be removed from the approved visitation list.

Who can be placed on a child’s visitation listing?

Only immediate family 18 years or older may be placed on the child’s visitation listing. Each child may have up to 3 people on their approved visitation listing.

Who do I contact at the facility regarding my child?

The Sergeant on duty is available to answer any questions you have regarding the welfare of your child. Please contact them by calling our control room at (864) 467-2436.

Does my child need money or clothing while in detention?

No, your child does not need anything while in detention. You are allowed to bring in up to 3 pair of un-opened t-shirts (white with no pocket), 3 pair of un-opened underwear, and 3 pair of un-opened socks.

Can a member of the community tour the Juvenile Detention Facility?

No, there are strict confidentiality rules, which prohibit us from conducting tours.

School Credit and Attendance

Your child will be involved in educational classes while they are in detention. If your child is scheduled to be with us for more than 2 weeks, then every effort is made to link our school with the curriculum of your child’s home school.