State-level solitary confinement policies/procedures and reporting requirements (Department of Corrections)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Department of Corrections of South Carolina.


From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All policies/procedures and associated reporting requirements for facilities under this agency's jurisdiction (including juvenile, privately-operated, and those of various security level) related to the segregation of an inmate/person in custody/offender due to disciplinary, classification, medical, safety, or other reasons. Please include policies/procedures/reporting requirements for all such segregation activities, including, but not limited to, those associated with the following terms:

• solitary
• solitary confinement
• Security Housing Units
• Special Housing Units
• Intensive Management Units
• Restricted Housing Units
• Communication Management Units
• disciplinary segregation
• administrative segregation
• involuntary protective custody

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on April 9, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Stephanie Givens (C055503)

SCDC received your Freedom of Information Act request. I have forwarded your request to the appropriate records custodians to obtain the requested documents. While SCDC has documents that may be responsive to your request, the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, S.C. Code Section 30-4-10, et seq. defines public records that are subject to disclosure and also enumerates matters that are exempt from disclosure. The following exemptions apply: records that contain information of a personal nature as defined in 30-4-40<x-apple-data-detectors://1>(a)(2), records of law enforcement and public safety agencies (to include SCDC) compiled in the process of detecting and investigating a crime as defined in 30-4-40<x-apple-data-detectors://2>(a)(3) and its subsections, and correspondence and other work products of legal counsel and any other material that would violate the attorney-client or attorney work product privileges as outlined in 30-4-40<x-apple-data-detectors://3>(a)(7). Please note that medical records and all “other records which by law are required to be closed to the public” are not available through FOIA as stated in 30-4-20<x-apple-data-detectors://4>(c). Additionally, documents that contain information regarding SCDC security plans and devices are not available through FOIA as is stated in 30-4-20<x-apple-data-detectors://5>(c). Requested records that are subject to FOIA and not exempt will be provided once copied. Please note, SCDC will charge a fee as permitted by 30-4-30<x-apple-data-detectors://6>(b) for all record production. This serves as the final opinion of SCDC on the public availability of the records you have requested as required by 30-4-30<x-apple-data-detectors://7>(c). Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Stephanie Givens
Communications Director
S.C. Department of Corrections
(803) 896-1490<tel:(803)%20896-1490><>
Twitter: @SGivensPR or SCDCNews

From: Stephanie Givens (C055503)


Please see the link below. SCDC's unrestricted policies are available on our website,<>.

Thank you,

Stephanie Givens
Director of Communications
(803) 896-1490


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