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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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  • 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.
  • Population counts and capacities 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2020-01-01)
    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 ...
  • Inmate Population Summary for December 15, 2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2019-12-15)
    This paper shows the inmate population in South Carolina by male and female prisoners. It is broken down by count, agency high and month count and SCDC space utilization. These statistics show the prison population in SC ...
  • Fiscal Year 2020-21 agency budget plan 

    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 budget plan that includes a budget plan summary, recurring operating request, non-recurring operating request and capital request.
  • Agency accountability report Fiscal Year 2018-19 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    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 ...
  • Proviso 117.73 fees and fines report Fiscal Year 2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-11)
    This is the South Carolina Department of Correction's report for fine and fee revenue to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.
  • Corrections connection 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2017-02)
    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.
  • Population counts and capacities 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-11-07)
    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 ...
  • Distribution of committing county for SCDC total population as of June 30, fiscal years 2015-2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-11)
    These statistics show the number and percent of SC inmates broken down by the county.
  • Distribution by committing county of inmates released during fiscal years 2015-2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-11)
    These statistics show the number and percent of the release of SC inmates broken down by county.
  • Return to prison rates of inmates released during FY1993 - FY2016 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-11)
    This gives statistics on the total number of releases and the 3-year percentage rate (returned to prison three years after release) from 1993 to 2016.
  • Serious inmate assaults on employees FY 2011 through FY 2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019)
    These statistics show inmate assaults in SC prisons from 2011 to 2019.
  • Sentence length distribution of total inmate population as of June 30, fiscal years 2015-2019 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2019-09-11)
    The South Carolina Department of Corrections publishes statistical reports on their correctional facilities, including system overviews, inmate populations, admissions, and releases

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