Self–paced in–class education program (SPICE)

Self-Paced In-Class Education (SPICE) Program is an inmate education and employment initiative. This initiative is a faith-based community partnership between SC Department of Corrections (SCDC), SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS), SC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and SC technical colleges. The SPICE program provides meaningful educational opportunities (vocational training, life skill training, spiritual awareness and career readiness training). The SPICE program consists of two components; an institutional component and a community–based supervision component.

The institutional component is operated by SCDC at designated institutional sites throughout the state. SPICE program participants are involved in weekly class training and vocational/educational training from our technical colleges. Each participant must acknowledge that this is a voluntary program and sign a mandatory participation contract agreeing to comply with all SPICE program guidelines. Inmates are required to participate in a SPICE program curriculum consisting of educational, spiritual, social/life skills, vocational, health education and wellness training. The average length of the institutional component is 18 weeks.

The community-based supervision component is operated by SCDPPPS. Participants are involved in vocational training or GED initiative and attend spiritual events (e.g. church). Participants are assigned community/church sponsors and mentors to assist in this transition. Offenders who choose not to participate in spiritual events may opt to participate in approved public works programs or community events with assistance from their sponsor/mentor.

Upon completion of the vocational/educational training element, the designated SCDPPS agents will coordinate with community sponsors/mentors and other service agencies to facilitate offender employment.

The SPICE program aims to provide a means for eligible inmates to learn, work and contribute back to their communities upon release.