Board Members

President 

Kelvin Jones

Hampton County Detention Center

(803) 914-2221 

 kjones@hamptoncountysc.org

Kelvin Jones is the Jail Administrator at the Hampton County Detention Center, where he has been employed since 2005. He is married to Tonia Capers-Jones Jail Administrator of Allendale County. Kelvin’s career began at Jasper County Detention Center in 2004 as a Line Officer and worked his way up to a Sergeant. He joined the Hampton County Detention Center in 2005 as the Deputy Director, and became the Jail Administrator in 2010. He completed the National Institute of Corrections Jail Administration Course in 2011. He has completed numerous advance courses in Correction and Leadership through Law Enforcement and military training. Kelvin was voted 2013 Jail Administrator of the year. He is also a veteran serving 10.5 years in the Army.

1st Vice President 

Kevin Jones, NCCE, CCE, CJE, CJM

Lexington County Detention Center

(803) 785-2700

kjones@lcsd.sc.gov

Kevin Jones began his law enforcement career as a Military Policeman and Correctional Sergeant in the United States Army where he served for almost 10 years. Upon his return to civilian life, he joined the Lexington County Detention Center in 1995 as a detention officer. Since then, Kevin has earned numerous awards and achievements to include graduating with the highest academic honors from the SC Criminal Justice Academy. He is also a very active member of his community serving on several boards/committees to include the following:

Boards/Committees

•             1st Vice President of SC Jail Administrator’s Association

•             Board member for Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless

•             Board member for Lexington County Community Mental Health Center

•             Member of South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) Local Detention Committee

•             Member of SCAC Public Safety, Corrections and Judicial Steering Committee.

Major Kevin Jones has 30 years of combined progressive experience in corrections and law enforcement and is the Detention Commander at the Lexington County Detention Center for Sheriff Bryan “Jay” Koon. Kevin has served at every level of leadership in the detention center and his life motto is, “Serving to make a difference.” The following are a few highlights of his 24-year career with the department:

 

•             National Certified Correctional Executive Thru National Institute for Jail Operations 2018

•             Certified Correctional Executive through America Correctional Association since 2017

•             Basic Instructor SC Criminal Justice Academy 2017

•             Certified Jail Executive with the National Sheriffs’ Association since 2015

•             Certified Corrections Manager through the American Correctional Association since 2008

•             Certified Auditor with American Correctional Association since 2004

•             Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association since 2003

2nd Vice President 

Willis Beatty, CJM, CCE

Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center

North Charleston, SC

(843) 529-7314

email:wbeatty@charlestoncounty.org

 

Treasurer -  Wayne Owens, Jr.

Wayne Owens, Jr.

J. Reuben Long Detention Center

Conway, South Carolina

843-915-6861

owensw@horrycounty.org

Director Wayne Owens is currently serving as the Jail Administrator for the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where he has been employed since April 2016. Prior to becoming Director, Director Owens served 22 years with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office under the direction of Sheriff Lane Cribb. While employed at the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office, Director Owens rose to the rank of Captain of Operations.

 

Director Owens graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy session #249, is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Basic Law Class # 302, and also recently completed the required training to obtain his Class 1 Law Enforcement Corrections Officer certification.

 

Director Owens currently serves as the Treasurer for the South Carolina Jail Administrators Association.

Rick Darling - Secretary

Rick Darling

Dorchester County Detention Center

(843) 563-5789

rdarling@dorchestercountysc.gov

After High School Major Darling served in the United States Military for 6 years (US Army). Upon leaving the Military he worked in the management field of the restaurant industry as well as the financial industry. Major Darling started his Law Enforcement career in 1986 with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. During Major Darling’s 35 plus years of Law Enforcement he has served as a Corrections Supervisor, Internal Affairs Investigator and Regional Contraband Officer with the SC Dept. of Corrections. In 1992 he became a certified Law Enforcement Officer where he has served as a Street Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Criminal Investigator, Warrants Officer, Field Training Officer, Jail Assistant Administrator and he currently serves as the Dorchester County Jail Administrator. He has served honorably with outstanding agencies such as SCDC, N. Charleston Police Department, Summerville Police Dept. and the Dorchester Co. Sheriff’s Office.

 

Major Darling is certified as Field Training Officer, duties he has performed throughout most of his career, and a Specific Skills Instructor, he has also received certifications in Management Development, Response to Explosive Incidents, Narcotics Investigations, Criminal Investigations & Computer Development. Major Darling is a graduate of the SC Fire Academy for Arson Detection, a graduate of the Jail Administrators Command Academy, received his certification as a Jail Administrator from the American Institute of Corrections and is a graduate of SCCJA where he received his certifications in both the Law Enforcement and Correctional fields.

 

His Best Advice, “Honor Your Oath of Office, You Cannot Enforce the Law and Break it Too”! “It Absolutely does not work that Way”.

Immediate Past President

Arthur Benjamin
Jasper County Detention Center
(843) 717-3300 Ext. 211
e-mail: abenjamin@jaspercountysc.gov

Arthur Benjamin born in Brooklyn New York he started in Corrections at the age of 21. He worked in the New York City Department of Corrections, (Riker Island). In 1988 to 1997, he relocated to Beaufort, South Carolina with a family of seven children. Arthur Benjamin continued his career in corrections by joining the Beaufort County Detention Center as an officer from 1998 – 1999, then he joined the South Carolina Department of Corrections (RCI) from 1999 – 2000 as a Corporal. Arthur then became Deputy Director in 2000 – 2005 at the Jasper County Detention Center. Once again Arthur has astounded us by becoming Director of Jasper County Detention Center in 2005 at the age of 41.  Due to his great acceleration within corrections Arthur has received a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration he also majored courses in NIC and AJA programs. Arthur Benjamin also had the key opportunity to be part in the decision of planning and construction of the new 108 bed facility at Jasper County. No such honor came than the one from the National Congress for Secured Communities when Arthur was asked to be a Delegate to sit on this committee in order to give his input on making a change within all organizations and communities.  Arthur Benjamin’s goal is to have Jasper County Detention Center become a 500 bed facility under his leadership and become Commissioner for SCDC or NYCDOC.