The Division of Victim ServicesThe South Carolina Department of Corrections is serious about its commitment to crime victims. What may distinguish the South Carolina Department of Corrections from other corrections-based victim notification programs is that the concept of victim services permeates the entire agency. The victim emphasis is pervasive in all agency decision making and program implementation activities. "Victims want more than just information about a release or an escape. They want information and inclusion in the criminal justice system," said Barbara Grissom, Director of Victim Services. She continued, "Victims want to know about and understand the programs of corrections; they expect corrections to listen when told about the impact of those programs on their lives." Several examples are provided next that illustrate how victims have been included in departmental decisions and activities.
Service for Crime Victims/Inmate Status Inquiries
South Carolina -- Automated Victim Notification System
Victim Information and Notification EverydayThis automated inquiry service is free and available to the public. Crime victims and concerned citizens can call this toll-free telephone number anytime to find an offender's current location and projected release dates. Crime victims can register to receive notifications concerning a particular offender by calling the Division of Victim Services, toll-free, at 1-800-835-0304. The automated service is available in both English and Spanish, and callers can search for an offender by using the offender number*, the SID number, or by using the offender's name. Additionally, operators are always available to help callers.
*The offender number is also called the SCDC Number or the Inmate Number.
Register For NotificationClick here to read important information regarding victim registration and the importance of registering for notification. Please call the Division of Victim Services at 803-896-1733 or
1-800-835-0304, and have a form mailed to you. Unfortunately, we do not currently support online victim registration, but we are working to have this option available in the future.
Special ProjectsSCDC Awards Grants To South Carolina Victim Service Providers
SCDC Aids In The Search For Missing Kids
SCDC Inmates Now Contributing More Dollars To Benefit Victims
Special RequestsThe Division of Victim Services handles all special requests by those victims of crime who are registered with the Agency. Types of special requests include, but are not limited to, requests to block personal telephone numbers from being dialed by inmates and also requests to block inmates from sending unwanted mail.
Complaints are received and acted on. All inquiries are answered by telephone or letter. The installation of a toll-free telephone line provides easier access to the agency for victims and their families. Whatever the question, concern or fear is, victims are encouraged to call the toll-free number to talk directly with a victim advocate.
Victim Speakers BureauThe Impact of Crime Program is in need of speakers. If you or a loved one are a victim of crime and would like to share your story, please contact Barbara Grissom, Impact of Crime Coordinator, at 1-800-835-0304.
For more information, contact:
Barbara Grissom, Director
Division of Victims Services
South Carolina Department of Corrections
P. O. Box 21787
Columbia, South Carolina 29221
(803) 896-1733 or 1-800-835-0304