South Carolina Department of Corrections

public awareness / crime prevention

The South Carolina Department of Corrections recognizes the importance of public awareness and crime prevention and currently offers two crime prevention/public awareness programs for schools, colleges, law enforcement, churches, civic and business groups throughout South Carolina.

Operation Get Smart  was implemented in 1976 and for more than 38 years this program has been an intricate component in our crime prevention efforts. Operation Get Smart consists of a carefully screened team of inmates that travel the state speaking to youth and adults about actions which led to their involvement in crime and the consequences of criminal behavior.

Operation Behind Bars  was implemented in 1992 and this program utilizes a more realistic approach with the participants rather than scare tactics. The program is targeted toward young adults, allows each participant to tour a prison facility and then hear inmates give realistic accounts of actions that led to their criminal behavior, the effects of incarceration and day to day prison life. Currently, there are 15 prisons located throughout the state that participate in the Operation Behind Bars program.