Kirkland Correctional Institution

Kirkland Correctional Institution Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: January 18, 2021
Location 4344 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC, 29210
Official Website

The Kirkland Correctional Institution is a level 3 prison in Columbia, South Carolina. Opened in 1975, it receives, assesses, classifies, and assigns up to 8,000 youth and adult male offenders. These are persons sentenced to at least 91 days in prison. Also, it serves as a video conferencing site for parole hearings in the state.

As a maximum-security prison, the facility houses some of the most dangerous and violent offenders in the US. More so, it is the only prison with inmates on death row in the entire state of South Carolina. Still, the prison has inmate programs that include GED, adult basic educations, volunteer, recreational, and religious programs. A medical and dental care unit with a 24-bed infirmary is on site. It caters to the physical health needs of all inmates. Likewise, the Gilliam Psychiatric Hospital offers inmate mental health services.

Incarcerated Inmate Search

The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) maintains an elaborate inmate database for all offenders incarcerated under its jurisdiction as of midnight of the previous day. It includes mug shots and personal profiles of the offenders. Use the inmate’s SCDC ID number, SID number, and full names to search. The search query generates the following inmate details: –

  • SCDC ID number
  • Full names
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Age

SCDC provides an option in the inmate search results to allow authorized law enforcement agencies to register for the custodian of evidence notifications for the inmate.

Incoming Mails and Packages

Do you need to send a letter or package to an inmate at the Kirkland Correctional Institution? Ensure you indicate the inmate’s legal name, SCDC number, current facility, and the institution’s address on the envelope. Include your return address at the top left corner of the envelope. The incoming mail shall be opened and inspected for contraband upon arrival, in the presence of the inmate. Do not include any cash, writing materials, stamps, cigarettes, or foodstuffs in your mail or packages. Still, the inmates may receive books, newspapers, or magazines if they originate directly from the publisher or a licensed bookstore. These publications should be paid for in advance. Inmates under lockdown are prohibited from receiving any mail or packages. Then, contact the warden in charge with the details of your correspondence before dispatching it.

Inmate E-Messaging Service

SCDC contracts ConnectNetwork to provide e-messaging services for offenders at the Kirkland Correctional Institution. These are faster, cheaper, and easier to use than postal mail. Here, anyone wishing to send or receive inmates may sign up and create an email account with the service provider. Once activated, you may purchase e-stamps to pay the $0.25 service charge. Inmates shall receive and reply to the monitored e-messages from a secure kiosk in their housing units. Any inappropriate content shall be blocked and not delivered to the inmate. Then, ensure you have a valid email address and have your Visa or Mastercard for e-stamps. Visit for step-by-step assistance.

SCDC Inmate Telephone System Services

Global Tel Link Corporation provides inmate telephone services at the Kirkland Correctional Institution. Here, inmates may make outgoing collect calls to their family members and friends as per the approved members’ list. Then, ensure you are on the list to receive calls from an inmate. Then, top up the inmate’s trust fund account or create and deposit funds in your Global Tel Link telephone account to cater for the phone charges. The calls are billed at 5.5 cents per minute. Use the inmate’s PIN to activate the phone account.

Cashless Money System

SCDC operates a cashless inmate fund system. Hence, family and friends may only deposit funds to the inmate trust funds, allowing them to pay for commissary items and correspondence. Send money online using your debit or credit card. Use the GTL mobile app on your Android or iPhone device. Or, call GTL at (888) 988-4768 and follow the prompts. Better still, deposit your money order at any of the GTL kiosks available in all states.

Contact and Virtual Visitations

Inmates can have physical and virtual visits from their family and friends as per the approved visitation list.  Contact visits take place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 am to 12 noon. In contrast, virtual visitations are via a computer, tablet, or any android phone. Fill in the “Request for Visiting Privileges for Virtual Visitation” and wait for approval of a time slot. Send this form at least three days before the scheduled video visit.

Kirkland Correctional Institution — General Information

Facility Name Kirkland Correctional Institution
Facility Type State Prison
Address 4344 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC, 29210
Capacity 1140
Facility Type Adult
City Columbia
Postal Code 29210
State South Carolina
County Richland County
Official Website

Visiting Hours

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


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