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SC Department of Corrections

Sep 9, 2020

SCDC counsel who erred in applying law can’t be sued

  Inmates whose detentions were prolonged by attorneys for the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ erroneous analysis of state sentencing law won’t be able to bring a civil rights lawsuit against those attorneys because the attorneys were shielded by the doctrine of qualified immunity, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ruled. Marion […]

Feb 18, 2015

Rights revoked: New report about how severely South Carolina punishes inmates for social media use raises questions – and the attention of the ACLU

The embattled South Carolina Department of Corrections appears to be playing a dark game of whack-a-mole as it tries to deal with allegations of prisoner rights violations that keep popping up.

Dec 12, 2014

SC prison gets new equipment after drone incident

COLUMBIA (AP) — State officials are installing new equipment at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville after someone used a drone to try to smuggle contraband into the maximum security prison. The State newspaper reported ( two new surveillance towers and thermal imaging cameras are being added to help prevent the smuggling of cellphones, drugs […]

Jun 4, 2014

DOC told to stop quietly changing inmates’ sentences

The South Carolina Department of Corrections violated the rights of convicted dog-fighting kingpin David Ray Tant when it increased his prison sentence by 25 years without telling him.

Feb 19, 2014

SC Department of Corrections seeks new order in mental health suit

The S.C. Department of Corrections has asked a trial judge to go back and change a ruling which chastised the agency for its pervasive mistreatment of mentally ill inmates in the state’s prison system.   The department’s motion requests that Common Pleas Judge J. Michael Baxley of Richland County alter or amend his Jan. 8 […]

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