South Carolina Department of Corrections

Manning Reentry/Work Release Center

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502 Beckman Road
Columbia, SC 29203-3173
(803) 935-6000
Warden: Nena Walker-Staley
Opened: 1963
Security: Level 1-B (Male)
Special Mission: The Institution serves at the Agency’s Centralized Pre-Release Center for male offenders who are within 180-days of release back into their respective communities. A work release program and labor crews provide work opportunities for offenders who do not participate in the Pre-Release Program.
Education: Literacy, GED, and Work Keys.
Vocation: Brick Masonry, Carpentry, NCCER Safety Orientation (certified by OSHA). OJT Certificate programs in horticulture, grounds maintenance, janitorial services, and food services.
Health Care: Routine medical care provided on site with 24-hour emergency care available.
Programs: The Pre-Release Program is a two component system: 1) a 150-day program in which the offender can work in an educational, vocational, or certificate program and attend life skills classes, and 2) a 30-day program dedicated to outside community resources, skill enhancement in the area of employment, and preparation for release.
Additionally, there are religious services, volunteer services, recreational services, Alcoholic Anonymous and other miscellaneous programs available.
A work release program enables offenders to work in certain local businesses. These offenders are paid hourly by the employers and are able to pay victim restitution, child support or room and board, mandatory savings, etc.
Community Services: Offender labor crews work with the South Carolina Fire Academy, Richland County Public Works, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Forestry Commission, State House, Lexington DOT #2, National Guard, Newberry DOT, Richland County DOT #’s 1, 2, 3, 4, SLED, and the Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol. A correctional officer-supervised litter crew picks up trash along interstate highways five days per week.

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