South Carolina

In 2010, South Carolina removed the 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for school zone violations, allowed the possibility of probation for certain second and third drug possession convictions, and eliminated mandatory minimum sentences for first convictions of simple drug possession. 

How You Can Advocate for Sentencing Reform in Your State

You can do several things to work toward reforming your state’s sentencing laws – go to our get involved page to find out how.

Encourage your state lawmakers to support mandatory minimum sentencing reform. Be sure to connect with FAMM and other sentencing reformers on Facebook, Twitter, and by signing up for our email list.

Sentencing/Criminal Justice Reform Groups in this State:

December 12, 2013

There is still time to call the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee!

The bill markup scheduled for December 12 has been pushed back to December 19 – that means that there is still time to call your Senators! If you live in one of the states listed below, please call your Senator’s offices so they can hear your support of S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act.   On Thursday,… Read more »

December 9, 2013

South Carolina Sentencing Reforms Saved Taxpayers $5.2 Million

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s prison population fell 2.8 percent in 2013 from the previous year, saving taxpayers $5.2 million, according to a new report. 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… Read more »