Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jail information for Spartanburg County, South Carolina

Spartanburg County
Detention Facility
950 California Ave.
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Telephone:  864-596-2607
Fax:  864-596-3421

The Spartanburg County Detention Facility's primary function is to protect the people of Spartanburg County by operating a secure detention facility that is cost efficient and adheres to professional standards. The facility is dedicated and will strive to practice within its limits and resources to provide a humane, safe, secure, and sanitary detention and incarceration for both pre-trial and sentenced offenders (90 days or less). Major departmental initiatives include but are not limited to:

Adherence to applicable State and Federal Laws and standards.

Cooperation with other criminal justice agencies to provide efficient coordination and use of resources.

Provide support services from time to time to other law enforcement agencies to assist them in their service to the community.

Effective management and professional development of departmental personnel.

Maintenance of highest standards of ethics and training.

Bail Proceedings
Bail refers to the release from custody of an accused before trial. The South Carolina Constitution guarantees that all persons accused of a crime are entitled to bail pending trial, except in capital cases or offenses punishable by life imprisonment. The Constitution also provides that excessive bail cannot be charged. No judge can set bail at a figure higher than an amount reasonably calculated to insure the presence of the accused at trial. See Stack v. Boyle, 342 U.S. 1, 72 S.Ct. 1, 96 L.Ed.3 (1961).
In South Carolina, the overwhelming majority of bonds are set by the Summary Courts. Summary Courts are the Magistrate Courts and the Municipal Courts.

There are basically two types of sureties available:
    * The defendant may obtain a commercial surety. A list of licensed bondsman with telephone numbers is made available to all detainees. Professional bondsmen can charge a fee of up to 15% of the bond. This fee is not refundable, even if the defendant is ultimately found not guilty of the offense with which he is charged.
    * The defendant may find friends or relatives who can act as surety for him. Any unlicensed person who signs such a surety bond is referred to as an accommodation bondsman.

If you or a loved one is in need of a licensed bondsman you can trust, click on the following link to view our Trusted Network of Agents.

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