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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  • South Carolina Department of Corrections data summary : recidivism rates of SCDC FY 2017 releases 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2021-06-05)
    An SCDC releasee is considered a "recidivist" when they re-enter SCDC custody within 36 months of release. In FY 2017, there were 9,123 releasees (1,122 females and 8,001 males). Of those releasees, 1,843 (152 females and ...
  • Inmate population summary for July 15, 2021 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections, Division of Resource and Information Management (2021-07-15)
    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 ...
  • Behind the wire 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2016-09-08)
    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.
  • Behind the wire 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections (South Carolina State Library, 2016-06-12)
    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.
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2021-07)
    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, 2021-06)
    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, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2021-05-03)
    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, 2021-04)
    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, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2021-03-01)
    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, 2021-02)
    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, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2021-01-04)
    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, ...
  • SCDC FAQs 

    South Carolina Department of Corrections. Division of Resource and Information Management (South Carolina State Library, 2020-12-01)
    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, ...
  • 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, ...

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