Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The state expects to save more than $5 million dollars for the upcoming fiscal year as a result sentencing reform efforts back in 2010.
The state Sentencing Reform Oversight Committee met Monday to discuss the impact of the changes that saved the state an estimated $5.2 million dollars saved last year.
The cost saving actions come from the state Department of Probation Parole and Pardon Services and have led to savings at the Department of Corrections. This includes things like finding other ways to treat and work with those convicted of crimes instead of sending them back to jail.
As a result of the sentencing reform legislation, the committee recommended the senate finance and the house ways and means committee give 35 percent of those savings from the Department of Corrections to Probation Parole and Pardon Services. That amounts to about $1.8 million dollars that could go to the agency during next year's budget process.
"That legislation has significantly reduced the cost to the taxpayer for running the Department of Corrections. It focuses on incarcerating violent offenders and creating alternatives for incarcerating non-violent offenders and it's saved the taxpayers 12 and a half million dollars," said Senator Chip Campsen, a Charleston County Republican.
The committee must submit a report to the Governor, the State Supreme Court chief justice and the leaders of the house and senate under that legislation as well.