South Carolina Department of Corrections

Impact of Crime program

Poster regarding male assault
The Impact of Crime Program is a structured classroom curriculum which causes the offenders to put themselves in the place of the victim, and it serves to bring about a greater understanding of the pain and suffering caused by crime. Actual crime victims are invited to speak to the classes, and speakers are currently needed. To inquire or volunteer, contact the Division of Victim Services.





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Lesson plans are prepared for teachers certified in the Impact of Crime Curriculum
In September, 1998, the S. C. Department of Corrections began The Impact of Crime Program. This is a structured classroom curriculum which causes the offender to put himself in the place of the victim and brings about a greater understanding of the pain and suffering caused by crime. The Impact of Crime Program covers twelve (12) crime specific modules and uses a crime victim speaker at the closing of each module. The program can be found in both young offender and adult male institutions, as well as the Women’s Correctional Institution. The Wardens want more classes and more students in the classes, they see a difference being made. A training program is under development to qualify more teachers in order to increase the number of classes. The program involves a cooperative effort among three divisions within Department of Corrections: Education, Victim Services and Young Offender Services, which manages the Impact of Crime Program. The Agency is very proud of the staff who have contributed to making this program a success.
If you would like to be a speaker, please contact Barbara Grissom, Director of Victim Services at (800) 835-0304 or you may e-mail her at Grissom.Barbara@doc.state.sc.us
News Items Related to the Impact of Crime Program:
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Kershaw Correctional Institution Victim Impact Panel

For more information, contact:
Barbara Grissom, Director
Division of Victim Services
South Carolina Department of Corrections
P. O. Box 21787
Columbia, South Carolina 29221
(803) 896-1733 or 1-800-835-0304