Inmates older than 60 could get parole under new plan to ease prison crowding
The effort is being supported by R Street Institute, a Washington-based conservative and Libertarian think-tank urging conservatives to take a new look at criminal justice.
“Even with the significant progress ushered in by the 2010 reform, South Carolina’s criminal justice system is in need of additional improvements,” the organization wrote House members recently. “Many of South Carolina’s prisons remain understaffed, which undermines facility security and endangers staff and inmates. Additionally, these prisons still needlessly admit a large population of non-violent offenders who often find themselves incarcerated well past their parole eligibility date.”