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Spartanburg County Jail

950 California Avenue
Spartanburg, SC 29303-2184
(864) 596-2650

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Are you or someone you love expecting to spend some time in Spartanburg County Jail? If so, you might be wondering what to expect once you are behind locked doors. Going to jail can be scary, especially if this is your first time.

While we can't promise that jail will be easy, having the right information can help to alleviate some of your anxiety, and can help you feel more prepared for the experience. We have interviewed former inmates of Spartanburg County, who have shared their knowledge about what life is really like inside the jail. You can access their interviews by clicking the links to the left.

Take a few minutes to read their stories, so you can learn what to expect behind bars in Spartanburg County Jail.

Time Off for Good Behavior
Due to overcrowding problems, many jails allow inmates to be released before their entire sentence has been served if they are well behaved. Spartanburg County is very overcrowded, sometimes housing four inmates in each two man cell. They generally release inmates up to 10 days early per month sentenced.

This number can vary somewhat depending on what program or part of the jail you are in. Either way, it is in the best interests of everyone for you to be on good behavior so you can spend as little time as possible locked up. To receive the time off, you need to follow all the rules, avoid fights, and be respectful to the officers.

Spartanburg County provides three meals per day to inmates. The food has received mixed reviews from inmates. Some say the food isn't terrible, but the portions are too small. Others say the food is horrible.

Some of the least favorite meals of inmates are the chicken patty (rubbery), chuck wagon dinner (tasteless) and rice. Some inmate favorites are the hotdogs/hamburgers, turkey roll, and pancakes. The jail does not provide additional snacks outside of meals for free, but if you have money on your books you are generally allowed to visit the inmate store or "canteen one time per day to buy snacks and other items such as cigarettes, paper, pencils and toiletries."

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