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Sentencing Reform

Jobs Not Jail Recognized as an Alternative to Incarceration for Non-Payment of Child Support

In 2008 the South Carolina General Assembly established the Sentencing Reform Committee and was charged with reviewing and recommending the following:

  1. Changes to current sentencing guidelines for all offenses for which a term of imprisonment of more than one year is allowed;

  2. Maintaining, amending, or abolishing the current parole system;

  3. Guidelines for legislation for offenders for whom traditional imprisonment is not considered appropriate.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families was among a number of organizations, researchers and experts that presented to the Sentencing Reform Commission. A workgroup was established and tasked with reviewing current practices, determining types of alternative sentencing systems, supervision strategies, and treatment program improvements/additions, such as community based centers and substance abuse programs. The desired outcome was for the workgroup to identify for appropriately identified offenders more viable options for ensuring availability of alternatives, continuing supervision and treatment while also protecting the public at less cost than prison incarceration. To read the Center's presentation to the Commission and to review the entire report, read more below.

Brief for Sentencing Reform Commission (pdf)

South Carolina Sentencing Reform Commission Report to the General Assembly (February 2010) - (pdf)

Following the recommendations of the Sentencing Reform Commission legislation favorably approved to recognize the need for alternatives to incarceration for non-payment of child support.