According to the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, Pardon Services November 2019 manual: generally, “a parolable violent crime requires service of one third of the sentence before being eligible for parole and non-violent crimes requires service of one-fourth of the sentence before being eligible for parole except for crimes with specific eligibility requirements and certain specific rules.”
“The law requires the right to be heard for parole if eligible and the right to waive such hearing; Fair written notice of the specific parole criteria, which are required to be established by the Parole Board under South Carolina law and which must be made available to all prisoners at the time of their incarceration; Fair written notice of the date, time, and place of the parole hearing; The opportunity to be heard by a fair and impartial Board or panel; The opportunity to present evidence and to have up to three witnesses to speak on their behalf, and to have the Board or panel carefully consider the complete record before, during, and after imprisonment; At the offender’s own expense, to have an attorney present at the hearing; When parole is denied, written notice of the Board’s reasons for denying parole.”
“At the hearing, the offender or offender’s counsel, if any, appears first and presents to the Board or panel. The Department of Corrections sets the limit for family members or other supporters appearing on behalf of the offender, however, the Board may limit the number of speakers. Members of the Board or the panel may ask questions of the offender and his witnesses. The Chair or the member presiding over the panel leads the questioning. Once the case has been presented, the offender is excused from the hearing room, and those appearing in opposition to parole are given their opportunity to be heard. After the witnesses in opposition are heard, they are excused from the hearing room, and the Board or the panel then deliberates. After deliberations, a voice and/or electronic vote is cast and documented. The offender and the other interested parties are informed of the decision by Department staff.”
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