Spartanburg County Detention Facility

Inmate Correspondence

I. New! Email your inmate fast and easy! Effective immediately, The Spartanburg County Detention Facility will allow inbound electronic mail to inmates from friends and family who have established an account with JPay. To establish an account, please visit or click on the logo below.

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New! JPay makes it easier for you when a friend or loved one is an inmate. JPay provides internet tools so friends and family can easily and instantly purchase stamps and send electronic mail to an inmate. Click here for and send a letter now.

Friends and family can purchase "stamps" through in order to send electronic messages to inmates.

  • All mail is electronically scanned by JPay for security issues; then sent to the jail where it is reviewed again prior to being released to the inmate.
  • Inmates will receive a printed copy of the message during daily mail distribution.

II. All inmates are permitted to send and receive mail via the U.S. Postal Service; however, the jail may restrict or suspend such activity when the inmate's use of the mail poses a security risk and/or violates applicable state or federal laws. Inmate mail is subject to being searched in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

III. All correspondence must have the inmate's name clearly on the envelope. Letters should be addressed to an inmate as follows:

Sender's name
Sender's street address
Sender's city, state, zip code
 Spartanburg County Detention Facility
Inmate's Name and Inmate's Housing Unit
950 California Avenue
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29303-2184

IV. The following items are not permitted to be mailed into the jail:

  • Food items
  • Clothing
  • Books, magazines, newspapers, etc. unless mailed/shipped directly from the publisher and have a soft bound cover. The following links will assist you in ordering books from the publisher:
    How to order books from the publisher
    List of publishers by topic as well as by individual publishing companies with link to publisher's websites and how to order information
  • Cosmetics, toiletries, etc.
  • Stationary, envelopes, postage stamps, pencils, pens, etc. (Note: These items are available for purchase on the jail's canteen. Should an inmate not have sufficient funds to purchase these items, the jail will provide access to such items 'free' at no cost to the inmate up to two (2) personal letters per week)
  • Cash, personal checks, second party checks, traveler's checks, or non-U.S. Postal money orders
  • Musical or electronic greeting cards
  • Paper clips, staples, rubber bands, stickers, glue, tape, string, or other similar items
  • Prepaid phone cards
  • Polaroid photographs
  • Packages
  • Razor blades, disposable razors, or any item that may be used as a weapon
  • Any item declared to be contraband under South Carolina State Law and/or by the jail director

V. Photographs

  • Inmates may have up to ten (10) in their possession at any given time
  • Photographs or computer generated pictures must be a minimum of 2x3 or no larger than 5x7 in size
  • Polaroid photographs are prohibited due to the ability to hide contraband in them
  • Nude or suggestive photographs or pictures of friends or spouses are prohibited
  • Photographs or pictures that are nude, suggestive or pornographic in nature are prohibited
  • Photographs depicting gangs, gang violence, gang tattoos, gang gestures, or gang symbols are prohibited
  • Photographs posing a threat to the safety and security of the jail are prohibited

VI. Books, publications, or periodicals - All books, magazines, newspapers, etc. must be mailed/shipped directly from the publisher and have a soft bound cover)

  • Anything of a pornographic or sexually explicit nature is prohibited
  • Books or materials such as the following that threaten the safety and security of the jail are prohibited:
    • Books or materials depicting how to make weapons or explosives
    • Books or materials containing maps that may help in an escape
    • Books or materials depicting methods of escape
    • Books or materials describing procedures for brewing alcohol or manufacturing drugs
    • Books or materials that advocate racial, religious, or other forms of hate
    • Books or materials that advocate or provide instructions on how to commit crimes
    • Books or materials that are gang related