The Beaufort County Detention Center was opened in 1992 as a direct
supervision operation, the second of its kind in the State.
Direct supervision means that inside each general population housing
unit, there is a correctional officer on duty to supervise inmate
behavior and prevent assaults, destruction of county property, and
other inappropriate inmate behavior. The officer oversees the day
to day activities of up to fifty-six persons by him or herself.
- The principal task of the Detention Center is to hold pre-trial
inmates: persons who have NOT been found guilty in a Court
of Law, and who have NOT lost their Constitutional rights.
In addition the Center holds inmates who have been sentenced to
periods of incarceration by various members of the Judiciary.
- Although normally inmates sentenced to commitments of more than ninety days are sent to the State Department of Corrections, there are two exceptions:
- Inmates sentenced by Family Court judges will not be sent to DOC, regardless of the length of commitment.
- Inmates sentenced to DOC can be returned here as inmate workers,
if they request to come to Beaufort, and the Director decides
to permit it. His requirements for application include:
- Original sentence can be no longer than 10 years.
- Conviction for non-violent offenses.
- Criminal history is clear of violent offense con-victions.
- History of incarceration is free of behavior violations.
- Clear medical and mental health history.
- Ties to the community.