SC bill would double time served for offenders awaiting trial and sentencing

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Several bills have been filed this session to reform both sentencing and the prison system in South Carolina. A small group of lawmakers considered a bill Tuesday that would give offenders more credit for time served. 

The bill filed by Senator Gerald Malloy from Darlington would give an offender 2 days of credit for every 1 day served before trial and sentencing. The bill also gives credit for monitored house arrest.

The subcommittee did not vote the bill out of committee after a few concerns were raised.

Senator Rex Rice from Pickens County explained, “There were some concerns that if you’re giving somebody 2 for 1 versus a 1 for 1. Currently,  if you’re incarcerated prior to sentencing they get 1 for 1 on a credit, this is 2 for 1 on a house arrest and we’re not sure if that’s the proper way to do this.”

The subcommittee will continue discussions and consider adding amendments.

The bill would not apply to offenders who are waiting trial after escaping from another penal institution or offenders who are waiting trial for their second offense. 

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