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History Of The South Carolina Department Of Corrections

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Although the original South Carolina correctional system was created in 1866, the modern South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) was established in 1960. It is headquartered in the state capital of Columbia and answers to the governor. There are over twenty thousand inmates contained, and the SCDC has twenty-two institutions. The mission of the SCDC is safety, security, and stewardship. It aims to both contain and rehabilitate inmates to promote the safety of South Carolina citizens while preparing the inmates for reintegration into society. Its director is Bryan P. Stirling. Institutions within the SCDC are divided between three levels. These levels include: high security, medium security, minimum security, and community-based,…show more content…
Inmates can learn new job skills, obtain their GED, earn vocational certificates, receive substance abuse treatment, learn about how crimes affect victims and even assist in teaching youths about life in prison.” The Division of Programs and Services are broken into nine main subdivisions: crime prevention, inmate services, volunteers, the Palmetto Unified School District, the Division of Industries, shock incarceration, behavioral and substance abuse, and YOPRS intensive supervision. These main subdivisions are further divided into smaller programs aimed to better address the specific needs of the inmates. The Crime Prevention Program is primarily a public awareness service which aims to provide understanding into the ramifications of crime within the state. It is partnered with groups like schools, local law enforcement, and civic groups throughout the state. There have been two operations within the history of the Crime Prevention Program: Operation Get Smart and Operation Behind Bars. Starting in 1976, Operation Get Smart was the original crime prevention initiative. The operation involved carefully selected inmates to speak to young people throughout the state about the consequences of crime. Operation Get Smart was eventually replaced by Operation Behind Bars in 1992. Operation Behind Bars was credited for relying less on scare tactics. Fifteen facilities in the state offer opportunities
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