For the purposes of the Spartanburg County Detention Facility, the Director, in
conjunction with Regulation 33-1 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as
amended, 1976, as it relates to items declared contraband in the Department
of Corrections, declares the following items to be contraband:
- Any item which was not issued to the prisoner officially or which cannot be
purchased by him or her in the jail canteen.
- Weapons. Any and all firearms, knives of any and all descriptions,
clubs, billies, or any other article that may be used for offense or defense.
- Drugs of any description and particularly barbituates, narcotics, medicines and poison.
- Any and all types of alcoholic drinks and any liquid containing alcohol.
- Keys and locks.
- Tools of any description not approved for issue to prisoners by the director.
- Money in any denomination or amount not submitted through the jail staff.
For administrative purposes, the director also declares the following as
contraband: chewing gum, chewing tobacco, and snuff.
Notice is hereby served on all prisoners and their visitors and any other person
that the provisions of Section 24-7-155, S.C. Code, 1976, will be enforced; and all persons are
urged to observe the law and refrain from violating this section in particular.
SECTION 24-7-155. Furnishing or possessing contraband in county or municipal prisons prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person to furnish or attempt to furnish any
prisoner in any county or municipal jail, prison, work camp or overnight
lockup facility with any matter declared by the superintendent of such
facility to be contraband. It shall be unlawful for any prisoner of such
facility to possess any matter declared to be contraband. Matters considered
contraband within the meaning of this section shall be those which are
designated as contraband and published by the Department of Corrections as
Regulation 33-1 of the Department of Corrections and such regulation shall
be displayed by the Superintendent of the facility in a conspicuous place
available and visible to visitors and prisoners at such facility.
Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a
felony and, upon conviction, shall 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.
Detention officers must be on constant alert to prevent illegal contraband from
finding its way into the facility. The pictures below show officers and trained dogs searching for illegal
contraband and some of the contraband that has been confiscated.