Post Date: December 9, 2013
The savings are the result of sentencing reform, a 2010 law that strengthened penalties for violent crimes while offering alternative sentences for nonviolent offenses. Nonviolent inmates – who made up more than half of all S.C. prison inmates in 2002 – now account for 34 percent of the state’s prison population, according to a report from the state Sentencing Reform Oversight Committee.
Lawmakers are happy the state is saving money. But they are arguing over how to spend those savings. Read more