Victim Services

Notification Process

The Victim Services office is available to victims of certain types of crimes for guidance through the criminal justice process.

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5 p.m. Weekends and Holiday office hours vary.

For assistance, call (843) 915-6915.

Important Information for Victims to Know

It is the responsibility of Victim Services to schedule all bond hearings and guilty pleas at the Detention Center. Please contact Victim Services for the scheduled times. Please note: It is not the responsibility of the arresting police officer to schedule hearings. Please make certain the hearing is scheduled prior to arrival.

PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the victim to notify Victim Services of any address or telephone number changes. This ensures notification to the victim of any hearings or the release of a defendant in a timely manner. Please call the office or send an e-mail to the general Victim Services address (jrlvictimsadvocate@horrycountysc.gov) to update victim information.

According to the South Carolina statute, victims have the right to be present at all criminal court hearings, trials, and other proceedings concerning cases in which they are involved but not mandatory. If a victim wants to be present for any hearing or proceeding in their case, they must inform the police officer during the time of incident or this department. If a victim is unable to attend a hearing for any reason, the victim advocate will appear in court and speak on their behalf.

A victim cannot dismiss or drop charges against a defendant at a bond hearing. If a victim wants to dismiss or drop charges against a defendant, the procedure for doing this is processed through the Solicitor's Office only if the charges involves a high court crime and/or all DV cases. Please contact their office at (843) 915-5460 to inquire about the proper procedure. Please note: Although a victim may want to dismiss or drop charges against a defendant, it is the sole authority of the Solicitor's Office or the Magistrate’s trial court to make that decision.

The South Carolina statute, code section 16-3-1550(A), mandates that employers must allow victims time off from work to attend all criminal court hearings, trials and other proceedings regarding their case. An employer cannot retaliate against, suspend, or reduce the wages and benefits of a victim. If an employer does not allow a victim time off from work to attend a criminal court hearing, please notify Victim Services so the victim advocate can intervene on behalf of the victim.

South Carolina Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN)

SAVIN is an automated service provided to victims of crime. SAVIN communicates with J. Reuben Long Detention Center's booking system in near real-time. The service transmits updated information to a data network that calls, text and/or sends e-mails to victims when an offender is being released from custody. When SAVIN calls the victim via its automated service, the automated voice will ask for a pin number to confirm the notification. If a victim does not have a PIN, they must contact a Victim Advocate to receive their PIN. A victim must have access to a phone or a computer to receive this service. Click on SAVIN to navigate to the website to register to be notified of an offender's release from J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Victim Assistance

State Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA)

SOVA is a part of the South Carolina Governor's Office which provides compensation to eligible victims of crime. There are certain medical and funeral benefits that victims may be eligible to receive. Victim Services at the Detention Center will help victims complete the application process. Please call our office at (843) 915-6915 for any questions concerning the application process and/or to schedule an appointment to receive help completing the application. The SOVA application may be completed online by the victim. Click on SOVA to navigate to their website to complete the online application and print it. Contact Victim Services to schedule an appointment with a Victim Advocate to review the application and to get copies of legal documents that SOVA requires.

The South Carolina Governor's Office has a crime victims' ombudsman. The mission of the Office of the Crime Victims' Ombudsman is to be an impartial third party who attempts to ensure that all crime victims are served justly, equitably, and fairly by South Carolina's criminal justice organizations. If a victim has questions or concerns about their rights, please contact their office or click on their hyperlink under Quick Links.

PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) Compliance

JRL has a ZERO Tolerance Policy for PREA concerns

Zero Tolerance means that no sexual act, contact or harassment, will be tolerated between any inmate with another inmate and/or between an inmate and an employee per South Carolina Code of Laws §44-23-1150. Staff found guilty of such violations will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination and possible criminal prosecution. Inmates will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with the requirements of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center inmate disciplinary procedures and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Reuben Long Detention Center is committed to its zero-tolerance policy of sexual assault and sexual victimization. Our policy affects every employee and person under the supervision of the facility. Report an assault or sexual victimization to a staff member, in writing or call (843) 248-1520. Reports will be kept as confidential as the circumstance allows.