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Department of Corrections Volunteers: Changing the Future

Thousands of volunteers work with inmates at the S.C. Department of Corrections every year. Among them are volunteers with Gospel Express Ministries, seen in the photos above and below.
Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give." Volunteers are special people who unselfishly donate their time and energy towards inmates in need. They are the cherished resources of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. They supplement staff, provide programs and services that might not otherwise be available, and bridge the gap between the community and the correctional setting. There are no special education, race, sex, religion, or marital status requirements — just a desire to work with those less fortunate and a willingness to learn and follow the rules.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do prison volunteers do?
How can you become a volunteer?
How do I contact a chaplain at an institution?
What do prison volunteers do?
  • Counseling: Individual, group and family.
  • Education: Volunteers serve as tutors teaching inmates basic reading and writing skills.
  • Mentoring: Volunteers serve as role models by mentoring an inmate who has not received an outside visit in the last year.
  • Pre-Release Preparation
  • Recreation: Volunteers serve as coaches or referees for numerous team sports. Also, community teams compete against inmate teams in various sports.
  • Religious Programs: Volunteers serve as leaders of worship services, study groups and instructional classes. They also participate in religious celebrations.
  • Seminars: Volunteers serve as instructors who teach a variety of classes on how to cope with incarceration and how to effectively re-enter into one’s community. For example, topics include anger management, job interviewing skills and parenting skills, etc.
  • Staff Assistance: Volunteers help perform clerical and administrative functions.
  • Substance Abuse: Volunteers serve as sponsors of Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups that help inmates cope with the problem of addiction.
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How can you become a volunteer?
  • Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, who is generally the chaplain, at the institution where you wish to provide volunteer services.
  • Submit an application by mail to the chaplain at the institution where you would like to provide services. (Click on the institution below to view the address)
  • Agree to go through a personal interview.
  • Attend an orientation/training session that is appropriate to the services rendered. Registered Volunteers are trained in the rules, regulations and needs of the institution. Guest Volunteers are briefed prior to providing their services.
  • Abide by all Agency policies, in particular, the contraband policy, the employee/inmate relationship policy, the hostage policy and the media contact policy.
  • Recognize that correctional employees will monitor your contact with inmates.
  • Respect all inmates’ privacy.
  • Ask questions if you have them.
As a volunteer, you can work with inmates directly by becoming either a Registered or Guest Volunteer. Registered Volunteers commit to scheduled weekly visits, whereas Guest Volunteers perform either a one-time-only service, or specific services up to three times a year. You can also serve inmates indirectly, for example, by assisting the Volunteer Services Branch with projects or an institution with chapel fund-raising efforts, etc.

NOTE: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old or have written parental consent and be accompanied by an adult who is an approved Department of Corrections volunteer.

Questions: Call Inmate Services (803) 896-8858

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Contact Information:
Headquarters
P. O. Box 21787
4444 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
J. Michael (Mike) Brown (803) 896-8504
Branch Chief of Pastoral Services
Islamic Affairs
Broad River Road
P.O. Box 21787
Columbia, S.C. 29210
Trevor Faulk (803) 896-2893
Chaplains

Ordered by institution. Click on the institution name for address.
Name Institution Phone Number
(Vacant) (pt) Allendale (803) 734-0653
Ava Harris Allendale (803) 734-0653
Lester Drayton, Jr. Broad River (803) 896-2133
David Petre Broad River (803) 896-2893
Timothy Jones (pt) Broad River (803) 896-3110
Trevor Faulk (d,M) Broad River (Muslim) (803) 896-2893
Larry Truitt Camille Graham (803) 896-1252
Eliud Omwange Camille Graham (803) 896-1796
Artemus Woods, Jr. Evans (803) 896-4931
(Vacant) (pt) Evans (803) 896-4970
Steven Hendricks Goodman (803) 896-1780
Steven Miller (pt) Kershaw (803) 896-3383
(Vacant) Kershaw (803) 896-3354
Michael Cannon Kirkland (803) 896-2063
Pamela Nates Kirkland (803) 896-2240
(Vacant) Leath (803) 896-1000
Edward McKnight Lee (803) 896-2485
Norton Newsome Lee (803) 896-2484
Durmus Ali Avci (d,M) Lee (Muslim) (803) 896-2509
James Cuttino Lieber (803) 896-3711
Edward Moultrie (pt) Lieber (803) 896-3739
Jimmie Keller Livesay (864) 594-4915
Jason Kersh (v) Livesay (864) 594-4915
Carrie Smallwood MacDougall (803) 734-0459
(Vacant) Manning (803) 935-6081
(Vacant) McCormick (803) 734-0330
Nedenia Parker-Barber McCormick (803) 734-0330
Jasmine Wallace Palmer (803) 734-9487
Tonya Gibson (vc) Palmer (803) 734-9487
Larry Epps Perry (864) 243-4700
(Vacant) (pt) Perry (864) 243-4700
Phillip Daley (pt) Ridgeland (803) 896-3249
Phillip Wren Ridgeland (803) 896-3248
Bobby Hankerson Trenton (803) 896-3051
Ange Kouadio Turbeville (803) 896-3155
(Vacant) (pt) Turbeville (803) 896-3154
Carolyn (Traci) Bennett Tyger River (803) 896-3546
Russell (Russ) Painter Tyger River (803) 896-3632
Sherman McBeth Wateree River (803) 896-3428
(Vacant) (pt) Wateree River (803) 896-3429
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