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Pretrial Services Research Report: Recommendations Based Upon Spring 2016 Data From Jail Administrators Survey and October 2014–September 2015 Data From Horry County and Kershaw County Detention Centers.
This report by Tidwell and Associates, Inc. details the key finding that local jails can gain substantial cost savings by releasing low risk defendants earlier. Other recommendations concern next steps for effecting consistency in data collection, establishing best practices, and determining a validated risk assessment instrument for use in South Carolina that would undergird more knowledgeable decisions about pretrial release. These recommendations balance risk and public safety against justice and cost savings, and are based upon findings establishing information about South Carolina’s jail population from which potential cost savings are explored under a variety of release scenarios.
-Pretrial Services Research Report (PDF)

Statistics for Years 2011–2013 Regarding Disproportionality and Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) in South Carolina Juvenile Arrests for Offenses at School Using Data from the South Carolina Incident-Based Reporting System (SCIBRS)
This report by Holly Groover examines disproportionality for eight sex–race–ethnicity groups that span the youth population. Statistics support the conclusion that for the 10–16 age group, black youth were arrested for school offenses at nearly three times the rate of white youth. Relative rate index (RRI) analyses of arrest offenses, drugs, and weapons showed that black males and black females were consistently the only groups of the eight considered that exhibited disproportionality; in other words, for arrests of South Carolina youth aged 10–16 for school offenses in 2011–2013, disproportionality was a problem for black youth—both male and female. Analyses for arrest type and disposition did not uncover disproportionality.
-Juvenile DMC in Schools Report (PDF)

A Review of State Agency Services Used by South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) Offenders for FY2012–FY2015 Closure Population
These reports by LaQuenta L. Weldon and Sarah Crawford provide a review of services used by SCDPPPS offenders in the FY2012–FY2015 closure population as provided by the South Carolina Data Oversight Council, South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health, South Carolina Department of Social Services, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.
- SCDPPPS Offender Services Report (PDF)
- Data Quality Report (PDF)
- Data Dictionary (XLS)

Identifying Potential Instances of Human Trafficking: Applying a Novel Template of Indicators to Narratives in Police Incident Reports
This report by Mark Small, Andrea Morales, and Traci Hefner applies a novel template of human trafficking indicators to officer narratives in police incident case reports from Greenville County, South Carolina. Cases are from a three-year period: 2010–2012. The goal is to identify instances of human trafficking even in the absence of reliable or complete databases. A new methodology is proposed.
-Human Trafficking Report (PDF)

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