The Horry County Sheriff's Office assumed control of J. Reuben Long Detention Center on July 1, 1999 from the Horry County Government. Since that time, J. Reuben Long Detention Center's goal is to create safer communities through secure custodial supervision of inmates. This is accomplished by engaging in collaborative partnerships with the Horry County Criminal Justice System that affords inmates the chance to become productive citizens of their community after their re-entry into society. Their mission is to uphold the highest degree of professionalism by maintaining the principles of integrity, service to others, and implementing proactive inmate programs to benefit the inmate population.
Facts About The Detention Center:
- J. Reuben Long Detention Center opened October 9, 1989.
- The original building was designed to house 213 inmates. It was later approved to accommodate 249 inmates.
- J. Reuben Long Detention Center was the first direct supervision type facility built in South Carolina.
- A 96-bed minimum security building was completed in 1996 to house the sentenced inmate worker population.
- In 2003 a female housing unit, courtroom and victim services section was built adjoining the original building.
- In 2008 construction began on Phase I of the expansion project. A 128-bed dormitory style facility was built.
- Between 2009 and 2011, Phase II of the expansion project began constructing the 536-bed tower, administrative building, kitchen and laundry building.
- The Detention Center now has the capacity to house 1,000 inmates in 20 housing units.