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The Horry County Sheriff's Office is responsible for numerous tasks including judicial security, processing warrants, fingerprinting services, registration of sex offenders, funeral escorts, providing background checks and operating the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

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Meet the Director of Detention

Marcus Rhodes

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, the goal of the J. Reuben Long Detention Center 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. Our 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.                

As with all employees of the Horry County Sheriff's Office, our staff is "committed to excellence" by being responsive to the needs of the Horry County citizens and the inmates under our care, custody and control. 

Marcus Rhodes was appointed Director for the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in February 2020. He has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Director Rhodes began his career in law enforcement in 1990. Prior to his career at the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, Rhodes served at the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety and the Horry County Police Department.


Mission Statement

The mission of J. Reuben Long Detention Center is to create a safe, secure and positive atmosphere for staff and inmates by promoting direct supervision principles and instilling proactive approaches to reduce recidivism rates of inmates. And to uphold the highest degree of professionalism by creating collaborative partnerships with all government agencies within Horry County in order to provide the utmost degree of service to the citizens of Horry County.


Functions of the Detention Center

The J. Reuben Long Detention Center provides services to our community that promotes safety, security and partnership with leadership organizations.

  • Provides a safe, secure environment for the incarceration of persons admitted to the facility by various agencies within the Criminal Justice System.
  • Complies with Federal and State regulations on the operation of the facility and in the performance of the staff's official duties.
  • Provides the highest quality rehabilitative programs and services possible for offenders who make a commitment to change their lives while incarcerated in our facilities.
  • Create effective management and professional development of departmental personnel by providing quality training for all staff in accordance with State and Federal guidelines and South Carolina Minimum standards.
  • Collaborates with other criminal justice agencies within Horry County to provide efficient coordination and use of resources.
  • Incarcerates people charged with criminal offenses who are awaiting trial.
  • Houses inmates sentenced in court and serving 90 days or less for criminal offenses.
  • Houses inmates sentenced in family court.
  • Protects the rights of victims.
  • Ensures the safety of Horry County and its citizens.
  • Engages in community outreach programs, partner with local civic organizations providing youth programs, and offer Juvenile Pre-Trial Diversion jail tours.

Hiring Process

To become a Corrections Officer at the Detention Center, an applicant must pass each of the following:

1. Written Exam
2. Physical Agility Test (Click here for Information )
3. Background Investigation
4. Credit Check
5. Oral Interview
6. Medical Exam

Once an applicant satisfies the requirements and is hired, he or she will undergo two distinct phases of training. 

Phase One
Phase One includes the completion of a six-week training program, conducted at the facility.
1.  Direct Supervision Theory and Applications
2.  Roles and responsibilities of a correctional officer
3.  Ethics
4.  Contraband
5.  Defensive Tactics
6.  Restraint Techniques
7.  Booking and releasing inmates
8.  Reporting and record-keeping
9.  Supervising Inmates
10. Emergency Procedures
11. CPR/First Aid
12. Gangs
13. PREA

Phase Two  
Phase Two requires the officer, within the first year of employment, to complete the three-week Basic Jail training course taught at the Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, South Carolina. Classes taught at the Academy will include:
1. Criminal Justice System and Process
2. Classification of Inmates
3. Contraband 
4. Defensive Tactics
5. Medical Issues
6. Restraints
7. Supervising Inmates
8. Booking Procedures
9. Transporting Inmates
10. Gangs
11. Jail Security and Searches
12. Stress Management
13. Interpersonal Communication Skills
14. Report Writing
15. Juvenile Procedures
16. Drug Identification

*Corrections Officers work a 12.25-hour shift. Shifts are day shift (6 a.m. - 6 p.m.) or night shift (6 p.m. - 6 a.m.) with a rotating weekly schedule (Week A - Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday;  Week B- Wednesday and Thursday.) 

*The Detention Center provides a minimum of 40 hours of annual training for all corrections officers.


To request an application for employment, please click on the hyperlink below.  Please include your name and address in the e-mail.

Employment Application Packet - word doc. - able to type information

Release Waiver - pdf

Horry County HR Application - word doc. - able to type information



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.

J. 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.

Sexual Abuse Annual Report
Horry County PREA Audit FINAL report.pdf

Questions? Contact Sergeant Lisa Piccone, PREA Coordinator




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