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Prison News | South Carolina

Recent events, organized by category (below) or region/state (right), concerning the corrections industry in South Carolina. Comments, suggestions and contributions (below) appreciated.


Education & Rehabilitation

Executions, Death Row & the Death Penalty

  • South Carolina Man Who Killed His Five Children Sentenced to Death
    CHARLESTON, S.C - A South Carolina jury sentenced a man to death on Thursday after convicting him of murdering his five young children at their mobile home in 2014 before driving their decomposing bodies through several states and dumping them in Alabama....[more]

Gangs in Prison

No recent news for South Carolina in this category.

Health & Medical Treatment

  • SC prisons want mental health ruling reconsidered
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina prison officials are telling a judge why he should reconsider a ruling over how to deal with inmates' mental health treatment.

    Circuit Judge Michael Baxley has scheduled a hearing for Friday on the request by the state Department of Corrections....[more]

  • South Carolina to Stop Separating HIV Inmates
    (CNN) -- The South Carolina Department of Corrections plans to stop separating HIV-infected inmates from its general prison population, the department announced Tuesday. South Carolina and Alabama currently are the only two states that have ......[more]

Prison Classification, Placement, & Release

  • Head of SC prisons system retiring
    COLUMBIA — The man who has led South Carolina's prisons agency for three years is retiring at the end of next month, ending decades of public service, Gov. Nikki Haley said Friday....[more]

Prison Conditions & Corruption

Prison Life & Culture

  • Convicted killer launches online petition to gain Facebook access for inmates
    Frenchis Abraham doesn't cotton to the idea of the government interfering with his ability to keep up with family and friends on Facebook, and he's trying to rally people to oppose such intrusions by the state....[more]

  • Graying of SC prisons will cost state’s taxpayers
    An inmate at Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution for women keeps a wheelchair tucked away in the corner of her small, cinder-block cell.

    She has a walker, too.

    The wheelchair and walker are just two of the signs of the exploding population of aging inmates in South Carolina’s prisons.

    Another sign? The dollar sign, as in the increasing cost that S.C. taxpayers will have to pay to care for those aging inmates....[more]

  • Rapper DMX arrested on marijuana charge in S. Carolina
    (Reuters) - Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested on Tuesday in South Carolina and charged with possession of marijuana, two days before he was due in court on a drunk driving charge....[more]

Riots, Lockdowns & Escapes

Suicides in Prison

No recent news for South Carolina in this category.

Workplace & Industry News, and Science & Tech News

  • EEOC Challenges Three Companies for Inappropriate Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions
    Last month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought formal charges against two employers for policies that resulted in individuals with certain criminal convictions being fired or automatically screened out as potential employees. On June 11, the EEOC filed suits against a BMW manufacturing facility in South Carolina and Dolgencorp, d.b.a. Dollar General, a national discount retailer based in Tennessee. In a third case, the agency announced on June 28 that it had reached a conciliation agreement with trucking company J.B. Hunt Transport to settle a discrimination charge....[more]



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