New Inmate Information

Procedures & General Information for New Arrivals


When an inmate first arrives at the Shelby County Division of Corrections (SCDC) it can sometimes take 10 to 14 working days (not including weekends and holidays) before visitation is scheduled. The inmate has to be processed into the system, which means that they have to:
  • Be assigned housing
  • Go through diagnostic testing and classification
  • Receive medical clearance
While in processing, an inmate can receive mail. Monies may also be placed in their account Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please review our procedures for making proper deposits into an inmate's account.

Commissary Waiting Period


Inmates will not be allowed to receive commissary items while in processing. A care package will be distributed to the inmate containing necessary personal hygiene items until security assigns the inmate their housing location. Once the inmate has been assigned a housing location, they will be entitled to purchase commissary items.

Visitation Information


Once the inmate has completed the classification process, been assigned to a housing location, and has their visitation schedule in the computer system, visitation will be allowed.