Watkins Pre-Release Center is in the city of Columbia and is a moderate level security prison, serving Richland County and the surrounding areas. It hosts adults who are 18 years and over. The majority of inmates have committed felonies deemed to be of a serious nature and the average term is over one year. The facility is managed by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC).
If you’re related to (or an acquaintance of) an inmate, you can:
If you’re trying to find an inmate of Watkins Pre-Release Center, contact them directly at 803-896-8584.
Before calling, you will likely need to know the following details:
We regret to inform you that at this moment, Watkins Pre-Release Center doesn’t share its inmate records online. Therefore, calling is your only option.
Be advised that an individual may be imprisoned immediately after being arrested, or transferred later on from a local center.
If you’re having difficulties when trying to find an inmate, we recommend you try carrying out a statewide South Carolina prisoner search.
Inmates can receive mail from their family and friends. If you wish to send an item to a prisoner, you can address as follows:
It’s important to be aware that any items sent must be on the facility’s approved items list. Also, pre-approval may be required. If you have any doubts, simply contact Watkins Pre-Release Center directly, at 803-896-8584. Always include a sender’s address, to ensure that it can be returned to the sender should it fail to pass inspection.
Sending money to an inmate is relatively straightforward and there are several options to do so. It’s possible to send money into an inmate’s commissary account, via money order, cashier, or check (Include the inmate’s full name and inmate ID on the back).
You also have the option of depositing money directly at the facility office during one of your visits.
Inmates are allowed to make calls between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. to individuals on the approved members list. Calls can last anywhere up to 20 minutes, although this time is reduced to 5 minutes during busy hours. Please bear in mind that the receiver must pay the full cost.
Before visiting Watkins Pre-Release Center, you must appear on the approved visitors list. If you have any doubts about this, we recommend confirming with the facility beforehand to avoid disappointment.