South Carolina Department of Corrections

Wateree River Correctional Institution

aerial view of institution
PO Box 189
Rembert, SC 29128-0189
(803) 432-6191 or
(803) 896-3400
Warden: Donald Beckwith
Opened: 1890's
Security: Level 2 (Male)
Special Mission: Phases I and II of the Department of Corrections' Youthful Offender Institutional Services (YOIS) are operational at the institution. The YOIS is required for all inmates sentenced under the Youthful Offender Act. The institution also houses adult offenders.
SHOCK Incarceration Program: This program became operational May 1, 2012 at the institution. It is required for Court ordered male inmates who must be between the ages of 17 and 29 and who have passed a 15-day evaluation.
Agriculture: This institution provides inmate labor for the Agriculture and Food Service Division's 7,000 acre row crop operation, the new dairy which provides milk for SCDC and the Department of Juvenile Justice, and beef cattle operations located adjacent to the facility.
Education: Literacy, GED preparation, and high school courses.
Vocational Training: Construction Engineering Operations (CEO) and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF).
Health Care: Routine medical and dental care provided on site, five days per week.
Programs: Religious services, volunteer services, recreational services, Alcoholics Anonymous.
Community Services: Provides inmate labor crews to the Office of the Adjutant General, the City of Camden, Kershaw County, Lee County, the City of Sumter, Sumter County Public Works, and the Department of Transportation; provides three (3) correctional officer-supervised inmate litter crews who pick up trash along the I-20 and adjacent secondary roads; and an institution work crew which fills sandbags for use in coastal areas during hurricanes/floods due to storms.


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