South Carolina Department of Corrections

"Thanks for giving our young people a look at what their future holds if they continue to break the law"

"Made us think differently about prison, inmates, and our own behavior"

"Provided our students an experience unlike any other...grateful for such a program"

Statements such as these reinforce the South Carolina Department of Corrections' decision in 1992 to implement the crime prevention program entitled Operation Behind Bars in 15 prisons across the state.

"Operation Behind Bars" program utilizes a more realistic approach rather than intimidation or scare tactics. The program is targeted toward young adults, and allows them to tour a prison facility and then hear inmates give realistic accounts of actions that led to their criminal behavior, the effects of incarceration on themselves and their families as well as the impact of their crime on the victims and the community, and day-to-day life in prison.

This program is offered as a public service to the Citizens of South Carolina and is free of charge. To participate, the following guidelines must be met:
       1.  You Must Be 14 Years or Older
       2.  Have a Picture ID
       3.  Appropriate Attire
       4.  Sign a SCDC Release of Liability Form

To schedule participation in the Operation Behind Bars Program, please contact the Institution located closest to you and discuss tour dates with the Institution's Operation Behind Bars Coordinator.
SCDC OPERATION BEHIND BARS INSTITUTIONAL COORDINATORS
Allendale Correctional Institution
Ofc. Crystal English, OBB Coordinator
803-734-0653 or 803-632-2561
MacDougall Correctional Institution
Sgt. Rose Maxwell, OBB Coordinator
Georgina Ramey
803-737-3036 or 843-688-5251
Evans Correctional Institution
Roland McFadden, A.W., OBB Coordinator
Colnita Hooks, Asst. Coordinator
803 896-4900 or 843 479-4181
Lieber Correctional Institution
Lt. Eugene Skipper, OBB Coordinator
803-896-3732 or 843-875-3332
Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution
Lt. Carolyn Foust, OBB Coordinators
803-896-8590
Turbeville Correctional Institution
Carol Bradley, OBB Coordinator
Lt. Shawn Fulton, Assistant Coordinator
803-896-3100 or 803-896-3107
Kershaw Correctional Institution
Lt. Kara Harris, OBB Coordinator
803-896-3393 or 803 475-5770
Lee Correctional Institution
Catherine James, OBB Coordinator
Lt. Sandra Kirkland
Angela Smith
803-896-2576
Leath Correctional Institution
Sgt. Carolyn Sibert, OBB Coordinator
864-229-5709
McCormick Correctional Institution
Tereta Thomas, OBB Coordinator
803-734-0330 or 864-443-2114
Perry Correctional Institution
Sgt. Danielle Woods-Tisdale, OBB Coordinator
803-737-1752 or 864-243-4700
Ridgeland Correctional Institution
Patricia Orr, OBB Coordinator
803-896-3200 or 803-896-3202
Trenton Correctional Institution
Lt. Angela Morrell, OBB Coordinator
Sgt. Reginal Weaver
803-896-3000/3035 or 3073
Tyger River Correctional Institution
Lt. Michael Fowler, OBB Coordinator
803-896-3501 or 864-596-1600
Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Center
Nena Staley, A.W., Tour Coordinator
803-896-2122
For more information about the S. C. Department of Corrections crime prevention efforts, contact:

Captain Angela E. Williams
Public Awareness Programs Manager
Division of Programs and Services
(803) 896-1846
E-mail:  Williams.Angela@doc.state.sc.us