https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-keep-sc-short-timers-in-county-jails-not-state/article_6362afd4-cb5e

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In all but six states, criminals given sentences of less than year go to a county jail. Those given sentences of more than a year go to a state prison. South Carolina, however, is an extreme outlier where anyone with a sentence of more than three months is by law sent to prison. That needs to change, and Rep. Eddie Tallon, R-Spartanburg, is ready to lead the way if sheriffs are willing to take on additional inmates and the S.C. Department of Corrections can cover their costs. The chronically understaffed Corrections Department typically has 800-plus prisoners doing sentences of less than a year at an annual cost of about $19 million. And because it typically costs more to keep someone in ... Full story

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