The Reentry Program

In 2002, the SC Department of Corrections (SCDC) was awarded a grant to develop resources for inmates who will be released to the community. The Going Home Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative (SVORI) is a grant program primarily for violent or high risk inmates ages 17 to 35 that have a requirement for community supervision in South Carolina following a period of incarceration. Inmates normally participate in the program for 12 months prior to release. Through the SVORI grant, SCDC has expanded transition services across the state at seven facilities. One of those sites focuses on sex offenders and another site offers a gender-specific reentry program for women offenders.

The goal of the reentry grant is to protect public safety by successfully reintegrating offenders into the community by helping offenders obtain and retain long-term employment, maintain stable residences, address substance abuse and mental health needs and become productive, responsible and law abiding citizens. To support this goal, SCDC has developed a Service Provider Database to assist in finding services inmates may need to prepare for release.

Interagency Partnerships
Community-based long term support is being developed as a collaborative effort between the SC Department of Corrections; the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; the legislature and other local, state and federal agencies. In 2004, agency heads joined SCDC in a statewide effort to plan and coordinate services for offenders returning to the community. Read the Interim Report from the SC Reentry Interagency Collaborative Team.

To access the list of agencies parterning with SCDC, and links to their Web sites, see Partnering Agencies. To find other useful links, see Other Useful Links.

For more information, contact:
Ginny Barr
Director, Division of Young Offenders & Coordinator of SVORI Grant
South Carolina Department of Corrections
4444 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-896-1772
Fax: 803-896-1597

Partnering Agencies
Department of Corrections
Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services
Department of Public Safety, Office of Justice Programs
Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
Department of Education
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Mental Health
e-Roadmap to SC State Health and Human Services
Department of Motor Vehicles
Department of Social Services
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Employment Security Commission
Social Security Administration
Veterans Administration
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services
Alston Wilkes Society
Other Useful Links
Reentry Policy Council
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
North Caroliona Provider Listing