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The S. C. Department of Corrections operates twenty-nine prisons statewide. Male institutions are categorized as either minimum security (level 1), medium security (level 2), or medium/maximum security (level 3); female institutions are categorized as level 4 and provide minimum through maximum security. An institution's security level is determined by the type of internal and external security features, housing within the institution, and level of security staffing. Inmates are assigned to institutions to meet their specific security, programming, medical, educational, and work requirements.

LEVEL 1 (L1)
Level 1-A institutions are pre-release centers which house minimum security non-violent inmates who are within 36 months of release. These units are work and program oriented, providing intensive specialized programs which prepare the inmates for release to the community. Housing is mainly double bunk, open-bay wards with unfenced perimeters.
Level 1-B institutions are minimum security facilities that house inmates with relatively short sentences or time to serve. Housing is mainly double bunk cubicles with unfenced perimeters that provide a higher level of security than level 1-A facilities.

LEVEL 2 (L2)
These are medium security institutions. Housing is primarily double bunk, cell type with some institutions having double-bunk cubicles. With single fenced perimeters, level 2 institutions provide a higher level of security than level 1 facilities.

LEVEL 3 (L3)
Level 3 facilities are high security institutions designed primarily to house violent offenders with longer sentences. Single and double cell housing have close staff supervision and controlled movement. The highly secured double-fenced perimeter has armed coverage and electronic security.

Women's institutions are managed as a separate group. However, these facilities provide the same services and have the same security levels as the male institutions described above. Housing is a combination of cubicles and double cells.

P. O. Box 21787/4444 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210

South Carolina Department of Corrections. http://www.state.sc.us/scdc/index.html
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