State Criminal Justice Profile

South Carolina

BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $5 million* in state and local funds to South Carolina.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $3,671,585
Justice Assistance Grant Program—50 Local Awards $1,746,105
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $257,186

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
South Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 State Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program $3,671,585

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Aiken County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Equipment $30,487
Anderson County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Anderson County Sheriff’s Office FY 2014 Local Solicitation (Equipment) $63,218
Beaufort County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $53,636
Berkeley County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhance and Upgrade Equipment and Technology $40,781
Charleston County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $42,418
Chester County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,532
Chesterfield County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Operation Communication Safety $10,373
City of Anderson, Inc. 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Overtime Funding for the Operation of the Street-Level Apprehension Program $17,580
City of Beaufort 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Special Operations Team Ballistic Equipment and Special Operations and Supplies Project $12,116
City of Bennettsville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 Local JAG $10,426
City of Charleston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Expansion of Charleston Police Department Public Safety Technological Initiative $29,642
City of Columbia 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Project 25 Compliant $95,843
City of Conway 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Digital Upgrade of In-Car Camera Systems $11,931
City of Cranston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Cranston Police Department Marked Police Vehicle Communications Upgrade Initiative $25,292
City of Dillon 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Patrol Vehicle for Street-Level Officers Project $10,189
City of Florence 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $27,267
City of Goose Creek 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Electronic Collision Reporting Project $10,268
City of Greenville 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Updated Speed Measuring Devices for Traffic Enforcement $38,828
City of Greenwood 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Equipment $30,751
City of Lancaster 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $11,984
City of Myrtle Beach 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Patrol Officer Rapid Response to Critical Incidents $37,139
City of North Charleston 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 North Charleston JAG 2014 $60,446
City of Rock Hill 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Rock Hill Police Department Technology Improvement Program $37,007
City of Spartanburg 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhanced Services for Police $47,750
City of Sumter 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Computer and Cell Phone Forensics $32,150
City of West Columbia 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 West Columbia Police Department Technology Project 2014 $12,380
Clarendon County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $11,007
Colleton County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Colleton County Sheriff’s Office Patrol In-Car Video System $15,415
Darlington County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Equipment Enhancement Project $30,117
Dillon County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 Dillon County Sheriff’s Office Equipment Grant $18,530
Dorchester County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Sheriff’s Office Interoperability Communications Equipment $28,903
Fairfield County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $10,479
Florence County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Florence County Equipment Grant $21,328
Georgetown County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Mobile Command Post/Communications for Incident Command Project $16,497
Greenville County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement and Judicial Support Enhancements $147,473
Greenwood County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Project $41,995
Horry County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Critical Equipment Project $81,061
Lancaster County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Enforcement Equipment Improvement Program $19,770
Laurens County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 FY 2014 JAG Program $22,384
Lexington County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 JAG Program $42,919
Marlboro County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Crime Prevention Vehicle and Intelligence Software Project $13,831
Oconee County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Oconee County Law Enforcement Grant $22,515
Orangeburg County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 BJA FY 2014 Edward Memorial Assistance JAG $26,765
Pickens County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Pickens County Detention Center Video Surveillance Enhancements $19,506
Richland County Government 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 FY 2014 Law Enforcement Initiatives $185,693
Spartanburg County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Protective SWAT Vests and Helmets $52,633
Sumter County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Technology, Training, and Officer Safety Improvements $46,984
Town of Mount Pleasant 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Additional X26P Tasers for Police Officers Project $12,380
Williamsburg County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Evidence Management and Training Project $11,720
York County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhancement of Law Enforcement Equipment and Technology $35,766

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 South Carolina FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $33,079
South Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $148,461
South Carolina Department of Public Safety 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 South Carolina FY 2014 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds (JAG Program) $75,646

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 362

Sworn Officers: 11,521

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 76% of the 362 law enforcement agencies in South Carolina have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 59% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to less than or more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 10 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 13 officers were accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 658 officers were assaulted (1.32% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for South Carolina:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 26,397 24,278 -8.0
Murder and Manslaughter 324 297 -8.3
Forcible Rape* 1,679 3,689 N/A
Robbery 4,489 3,972 -11.5
Aggravated Assault 19,905 17,838 -10.4
Property Crime 180,550 173,049 -4.2
Burglary 45,086 40,958 -9.2
Larceny-Theft 122,263 119,511 -2.3
Motor Vehicle Theft 13,201 12,580 -4.7
*This state’s agencies submitted rape data according to the revised UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (181,016) increased 6.87% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests increased 4.82% (7,607), and property-related arrests increased 12.97% (30,727).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    Family Court; Magistrate Court; Municipal Court

Corrections

Prisoner Admissions: 6,431
Prisoner Releases: 6,716
Total Prisoners: 22,060

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 24
Recidivism Rate*: 25.7%
Top Offenses: Dangerous drugs, homicide, burglary (FY 2014)

Source: South Carolina Department of Corrections
*The percentage of releasees who returned to the South Carolina Department of Corrections within 3 years.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), a RISS Center, serves South Carolina. There are 103 South Carolina criminal justice agencies that are members of ROCIC.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

Seal of South Carolina

Highlights

In South Carolina, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Statewide Methamphetamine Training and Education Program, sponsored by the State Law Enforcement Division. In FY 2014, 80 officers from throughout the state attended this program to receive Basic Certification and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at no cost to them or their agencies. In addition, 80 officers, who were already certified, received Site Safety Training and supplemental PPE, which enabled them to annually recertify officers who have received basic certification. This will allow officers to enter, process, and dismantle active methamphetamine manufacturing laboratories.

  • Statewide courtroom technology enhancements. Ten magistrate and municipal courts across the state received computers, televisions, document cameras, software, scanners, surveillance camera systems, walk-through and handheld metal detectors, and digital recording equipment.

  • Scholarship awards. This funding enabled local law enforcement officers to attend in- and out-of-state school and criminal domestic violence training.

  • Equipment for drug analysis labs. The equipment purchased increased the ability of regional labs to rapidly analyze evidence and return accurate results to requesting state agencies, thereby substantially reducing drug analysis backlogs.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs Ed Harmon, Assistant Director and Justice Programs Administrator
http://www.scdps.gov/ohsjp/

South Carolina At-A-Glance

Total Population: 4,774,839
Population Under 18: 1,079,798
Population Over 65: 727,768

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division Mark Keel, Chief

Local Governments: 678
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 1
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: William N. Nettles—District of South Carolina, Columbia Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Office of Homeland Security Major Richard Hunton, Homeland Secretary http://www.sled.sc.gov

Drug Courts: 33
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center