The current St. Charles County Department of Corrections (SCCDOC) facility was built in 1989 and has the capacity of 592 prisoners. It is a maximum security second generation jail. Current population distribution consists of inmates awaiting trial, committed/sentenced, state prisoners, and holds for other jurisdictions including local municipalities as well as federal inmates.
Individuals are held on a wide variety of offenses ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to murder in the first degree. The maximum sentence anyone can serve at this facility is one year per individual case, however, some individuals have been held longer waiting to go to trial.
Inmates are allowed one, 60-minute non-contact visit every other week. Visitation day is determined by housing unit and the inmate/detainee selects the time. There is a maximum of four visitors, two at a time. All visitors must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to visitation (30 minutes is recommended) and must provide a valid photo ID to the in-house officer located on the first floor (except for accompanied children under age 16).
Children must be supervised at all times. Unattended or disruptive children will be escorted with the accompanying adult out of the building. Unruly, destructive, or disrespectful visitors can be removed from the visitation area or the building. A strict dress code will be enforced during non-contact visits. Visitors will not be allowed to wear muscle shirts, deep V-neck shirts, halter tops, see-through clothing, or extremely short shorts or skirts. Violation of the dress code will result in the visit being denied. Cell phones will not be allowed in the visitation area. If caught with a cell phone in the visitation area, the visit will be terminated and visiting privileges may be suspended for a time determined by the Director.
Most inmates have access to a kiosk and tablets that also can be used for video visitation. This allows visitors to communicate with inmates from the comfort of their own home. Visitors must first set up an account through JailAtm.com. After setting up the account, visitors can communicate with inmates through their computer, laptop or smartphone while having a visual similar to “FaceTime.” There is a fee associated with calls made through JailAtm.