victim notificationThe Department of Corrections provides notification for:
-Community Labor Crew Placement
-Work Program Placement
-Parole Hearings For Victims of Inmates Sentenced Under the Youthful Offender Act
-Sexually Violent Predator Act Review
-Early Release To Supervised Furlough II Program
-Completion of Prison Sentence
-Escape and Recapture
-Death of Inmate
South Carolina has a constitutional amendment pertaining to the rights of crime victims.
The South Carolina Code of Laws requires the department to provide a notice of release-- a temporary, provisional or final release from custody--and to provide a notice of escape. Additionally, for registered victims who have provided a home telephone number to the department, the South Carolina Automated Victim Notification System is used to provide notifications of transfers between facilities.
The notification program is designed to offer information to the registered victim and, where appropriate, to allow for the victim's inclusion in the decision-making process.
The automated notification system calls registered victims following an offender’s transfer from one facility to another. Notices of release from custody are provided by letter. Personal telephone calls are immediate with information about an escape and the subsequent apprehension. Special attention is provided to victims during the time the offender is on escaped-status.
These procedures meet all American Correctional Association accreditation standards.
*It is important to note that the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, a separate agency from the Department of Corrections, is responsible for notifying a registered victim when the inmate is scheduled to come before the parole board. That agency can be reached toll free at 1-888-551-4118.
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