The original correctional system in South Carolina was established in 1866 when the South Carolina Legislature passed an act that created the first state-level prison for felons that were housed in county facilities. In 1960, the Governor decided to end the abuses of the correctional system and therefore created the South Carolina Department of Corrections The South Carolina Department of Corrections protects citizens by confining offenders in controlled facilities and by providing rehabilitative, self-improvement opportunities to prepare inmates for their re-integration into society.

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  • 2019 annual PREA report 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Office of Legal Counsel and Compliance (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-20)
    This annual report details the agency's efforts to assess and improve the effectiveness of sexual abuse prevention, detection and response during the previous calendar year.
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • Profile of inmates in institutional count (including inmates on authorized absence) as of June 30, 2020 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06-30)
    These statistics break down SC inmate population characteristics. It is broken down by male and female, current age, race, marital status, sentencing data, education, leading most serious offenses, top five committing ...
  • Agency accountability report Fiscal Year 2019-20 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020)
    The South Carolina Department of Corrections reports to the Office of State Budget its annual accountability report that includes an executive summary, organizational profile including leadership system, program descriptions ...
  • COVID-19 update 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07-29)
    The Department of Corrections officials have been working closely with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control for the latest information and guidance about the spread of this virus. These updates show ...
  • Sentence length distribution of inmates admitted to SCDC FY 2020 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10-01)
    This gives statistics on the length of sentences of prisoners in the Department of Corrections for fiscal year 2020. It is broken down by race, sex.
  • Population counts and capacities 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-11-01)
    This sheet gives statistics on the number of prisoners in South Carolina institutions. It is broken down by institution, general housing, restrictive housing, programs and number of inmates. Actual figures and percentages ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-10)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • Population counts and capacities 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-09-01)
    This sheet gives statistics on the number of prisoners in South Carolina institutions. It is broken down by institution, general housing, restrictive housing, programs and number of inmates. Actual figures and percentages ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-08-03)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-07)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • SCDC FAQs  

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • Prison Rape Elimination Act annual report 2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Office of Legal Counsel and Compliance (South Carolina State Library, 2019-04-18)
    This annual report details the agency's efforts to assess and improve the effectiveness of sexual abuse prevention, detection and response during the previous calendar year.
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-04)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) COVID-19 action plan 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-17)
    The measures listed here are being deployed by the SCDC in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These measures are being implemented to ensure the safety of our inmates and the continued effective operations of the ...
  • South Carolina Department of Corrections new classification system inmate information sheet 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03-04)
    This paper describes the new inmate classification system for the South Carolina Department of Corrections and contrasts it with the old system.
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-03)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-02)
    These brochures give statistics on South Carolina prisons. Some items include SCDC average daily facility count per month, admissions to SCDC, recidivism rates of Inmates released, profile of inmates in institutional count, ...
  • Corrections connection 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-10)
    This quarterly newsletter is a useful resource to hear about what’s going on at SCDC. The newsletter will also serve as a platform to pose questions or concerns and lists news from the different institutions around the state.

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