Legislature needs to fund SC law designed to reduce crimes committed by young people

By Sheriff Leon Lott I’ve experienced many changes over the years in our criminal justice system – some good, some not so good – and I am concerned that one law beneficial to our young people might slip through our fingers. Three years ago, then-Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation that raised the age at which a teenager … More Legislature needs to fund SC law designed to reduce crimes committed by young people

Joint Citizen & Legislative Cmte. on Children Hearing Rescheduled!

The Joint Citizen & Legislative Committee on Children has rescheduled their hearing in Columbia to Tuesday, October 30th at 105 Marion Gressette Building in Columbia at 10am and 5pm. Please consider going to the hearing and talking to the members about the importance of South Carolina implementing the law to raise the age of family … More Joint Citizen & Legislative Cmte. on Children Hearing Rescheduled!

Take Action! Joint Citizens & Legislative Committee on Children Fall Hearings

The SC Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children are hosting their annual fall hearings starting in September.  This is a great opportunity to tell the committee, which includes legislators to fund communities and not more youth prison beds.  For talking points on why SC should raise the age by funding communities visit: Joint Citizen & … More Take Action! Joint Citizens & Legislative Committee on Children Fall Hearings

Law Enforcement Subcommittee Budget Hearing on Jan. 24, 2018

In 2016, the South Carolina Legislature unanimously passed legislation to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction (S. 916) so that a majority of 17-year-olds would no longer automatically be treated as if they were adults in the criminal justice system. Passing this legislation was incredibly important. Youth in the adult criminal justice system are more likely … More Law Enforcement Subcommittee Budget Hearing on Jan. 24, 2018