Like all other areas of the state, an inmate search for Berkeley County is possible through the police department. The local law enforcement agency will not be able to tell you about inmates who are being held in state prisons but they can certainly give you the low down on people who are being held in detention centers managed by their Corrections Division.
These jails can be found within Berkeley County and they are only used for prisoners who have not been convicted as yet, inmates who have not been released on bail and offenders who are serving prison terms of one year or less. So, when you ask the police to get a Berkeley County jail inmate search done for you, you are essentially telling them to open up the records of such offenders for you.
In contrast when a Berkeley County prison inmate search is started through the SC DOC (Department of Corrections), you are requesting that you be allowed access to the crime files of inmates who are held in all state prisons, correctional and rehabilitation centers and penitentiaries. Both agencies have user friendly inmate finder services available for the general public.
Accessing the inmate lookup facility for Berkeley County offered by the sheriff
If you are willing to drive down to the agency office, you could get the results of your inmate lookup almost immediately. The agency works from their headquarters at 300 California Ave, Moncks Corner, SC 29461. Calling them on 843-719-4546 is another option that can get you quick results.
However, the fastest and most convenient way to use Berkeley County inmate finder services is by going to the website of the sheriff. This can be found at https://www.berkeleycountysc.gov/drupal/. Click on the tab that says "online services", and in the dropdown menu, you will see the option for inmate lookup.
Launching a Berkeley County prison imamate search through the DOC
To connect with the Department online, use their inmate locator service at http://www.doc.sc.gov/pubweb/index.jsp. Just click on the link for inmate search and accept the disclaimer and you will be allowed to use the tool.