South Carolina Department of Corrections

Ridgeland Correctional Institution

Warden:  LeVern Cohen
P.O. Box 2039
Ridgeland, SC 29936
(843)726-6888 or (803)896-3200
Opened:  1995
Security:   Level 2 (Male)
Education:   Literacy, GED preparation, and high school courses.
Vocational Training:  Small appliance repair and carpentry trades.
Industries:   A private sector industry produces a PVC-based furniture for the contract furnishings market, i.e. hotel, motel, restaurant, fast food, resorts and institutional markets.
Health Care:   Routine medical and dental care on site with 24-hour medical coverage.
Programs:   Religious services, volunteer services, recreational services, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Impact of Crime classes.
Community Services:   Provides an inmate labor crew to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism; provides a correctional officer-supervised inmate litter crew who pick up trash along the interstate highway. Provides an Operation Behind Bars program for at risk youth and adults to tour the prison and hear inmates describe what led to their criminal behavior and life inside prison.
Services:   Serves as one of the video conferencing sites for parole hearings in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.


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