Contraband in South Carolina Prisons

Prison officials spend a lot of time, money, and other resources controlling what comes out of prisons – their goal, after all, is to keep the inmates inside. But, South Carolina has found that it’s even more difficult to keep control of what goes into prisons.

SC Gov. Henry McMaster recently issued an executive order meant to stanch the flow of contraband into the state’s prisons, which law enforcement officials say has become a crisis that threatens the “safety and security” of the state’s institutions and communities.

Are they exaggerating? A growing number of recent news stories make it clear that SC prisons, indeed, have a problem with contraband. And that flow of illegal goods threatens the safety of not only inmates and prison staff, but everyone who lives or travels in the state.

Do South Carolina Prisons Have a Contraband Problem?

Let’s review some headlines:

How Are SC Officials Addressing the Issue?

The SC Department of Corrections (DOC) has struggled in recent years to hire and retain corrections officers. The governor’s executive order will allow prison officials to:

  • Expedite their efforts to fill its 600 staff vacancies by waiving state hiring regulations;
  • Retain officers by increasing salaries and allowing overtime pay; and
  • More quickly implement security measures like stretching nets over fences to prevent people from tossing contraband onto prison grounds.

State law enforcement and prison officials say the executive order is a crucial piece of finding a solution. We’ll see.

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