Offender Supervision

Supervision Strategies

Glossary of Terms

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services currently uses a variety of strategies to manage a diverse group of individuals required to serve a period of supervision in the community. 

Based on the risk and the needs of the offender, there are a number of supervision options used by probation and parole agents to ensure offenders are in compliance with the various conditions of supervision. With the introduction of the Omnibus Crime Reduction and Sentencing Reform Act of 2010, the Department has expanded its supervision strategies to include best practices to reduce offender recidivism.

In recent years, the Department has implemented evidence-based strategies such as the use of an actuarial risk and needs assessment tool to assist with the individualized case planning for moderate to high risk to reoffend offenders, administrative monitoring for those offenders who have completed traditional supervision and only have financial obligations that need to be meet; and the use of administrative sanctions as alternatives to address compliance violations.

In addition to evidence-based supervision strategies, the Department also use other strategies which are geared towards specific offender populations. Those strategies include GPS monitoring, the Sex Offender Management program, the Supervised Reentry program, and the Interstate Compact program.

Offenders are supervised by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services according to a wide range of strategies that are designed to give them the opportunity to succeed and to protect community safety. These include:

  • Intensive Supervision Program
  • Home Detention / Electronic Monitoring Program
  • Supervise Furlough II-A Program
  • Community Supervision Program
  • DJJ Release Program
  • DNA Testing
  • Investigations
  • “On-the-Outside” Mentoring Program
  • Parole Employment Program
  • Service Referrals
  • Public Service Employment
  • Volunteer and Intern Services Program

Intensive Supervision Program    

The primary objective of intensive supervision is increased offender accountability for those on probation or parole. This goal is met through enhanced surveillance and control techniques and other special conditions, providing the offender with the proper balance of control and assistance. Intensive supervision, performed by probation/Agents with limited caseloads, is conducted for a period of up to six months, unless a longer period is specified by the court or Parole Board. Offenders pay a supervision fee of up to $30 per week for the duration of supervision. This fee is based on a sliding scale determined by income.

Home Detention   

Home detention is a special condition of intensive supervision. Offenders are confined to their residences except for those times authorized by the Court, Parole Board or supervising probation/parole Agent. GPS is the enhanced surveillance technique used in conjunction with home detention to ensure heightened supervision and accountability.

Supervised Furlough II-A Program    

The Supervised Furlough II-A Program is an early release program which allows certain inmates to be released into the community to serve the last six months of their sentence. Most are required to be on Electronic Monitoring for the duration of their furlough. The SCDC screens and approved all inmates for this program. Only inmates who have an offense that was committed on or after June 13, 1983 and before July 1, 1993 are eligible. Other criteria must be met as well in order for the inmate to be released to the Supervised Furlough II-A Program.

Community Supervision Program    

The Community Supervision Program is a release program for offenders who have been sentenced to a "No Parole" offense and have served 85% of their sentence at the SC Department of Corrections (SCDC). A "No Parole" offense is a class A, B, or C felony or an offense exempt from classification as enumerated in Section 16-1-10(d), which is punishable by a maximum term of 20 years or more. Individuals who committed one of these crimes on or after January 1, 1996, are not eligible for parole consideration at any time during their sentence. Offenders released to the Community Supervision Program have a two-year period of supervision. If at any time they violate the terms of supervision, a Circuit Court Judge may revoke any part of the remaining incarcerative portion of the sentence for up to one year at a time.

DJJ Release Program    

The DJJ Release Program is a program where SCDPPPS supervises offenders who are at least 17 years of age, but less than 21, who have been adjudicated delinquent by a Family Court and who have been conditionally released from SCDC by the Juvenile Parole Board. These offenders report like adult offenders. SCDPPPS Agents can issue process and arrest these offenders as well. This population differs in that their cases are brought before the Juvenile Parole Board and its Hearing Officers if the case is in violation.

DNA Testing    

The purpose of DNA testing is to meet the legislatively mandated responsibilities to collect physical evidence from offenders who meet the requisite guidelines based on criminal convictions. The program includes the statewide collection of the samples by a certified phlebotomist and delivery to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED’s) DNA database in Columbia, SC.


The purpose of investigations is to provide pertinent, accurate information to a disposing authority that is relevant to the individual and will assist the disposing authority in making the most appropriate decision which would include violations, pre-parole, pardon, pre-sentence, etc.

"On-the-Outside" Mentoring Program   

The “On The Outside Mentoring Pilot Program” is designed to link adult mentors with non-violent inmates. The Department idenitifies and works with community and faith-based mentoring partners. These partners are matched with the offender after incarceration. Various trainings are scheduled throughout the year.

Download the Prospective Mentor Application
Any person or agency interested in partnering with this program or obtaining more information regarding how to become a mentor should contact:
George Whitehead, Program Coordinator
Office: 803-734-9143
Mobile: 803-667-1258

Parole Employment Program    

The purpose of the of the Parole Employment Program (PEP)is to establish a statewide employment skills development and assisted job placement program to assist offenders with meeting the “suitable employment” requirement which is a statutory condition precedent for release to parole supervision. The PEP was developed to assist offenders who are eligible for parole but lack a prospective employment offer. The program was designed to offer assistance to the offender with no job experience or education in finding suitable employment and maintaining that employment as they transition from incarceration to the community.

Service Referrals   

Offenders ordered by the Court, Board, or releasing authority to participate in a rehabilitative service program or an evaluation, such as, Alcohol/Drug treatment, sex offender treatment, or Mental Health counseling, are referred when received for supervision. Additionally, Agents refer offenders to receive services as identified through development and monitoring of the supervision plan. Referrals are made to service providers listed in the Department’s Service Provider Directory.

For Statewide Applications:
Mail or fax a completed Service Provider Application to the address listed below. Your Service Provider Application will be processed by the state office.

Crystal Owens, Field Programs
Post Office Box 50666
Columbia, South Carolina 29250
(803) 734-9220

For Local or County Applications:
Mail or fax a completed Service Provider Application to the SCDPPPS county office where services will be provided. A separate application should be submitted to each location you intend to serve. The Agent-in-Charge of the county office will process your application.

For county mailing and fax information, please refer to the County Office Map.

Public Service Employment    

Since 1987 the Department has offered Public Service Employment as one of its community based programs. The program places convicted non-violent offenders in unpaid positions with non-profit or tax-supported agencies to perform a specified number of community service work hours. Public Service Employment allows the community to hold non-violent criminal offenders accountable for their actions through direct service back to the community in which they live.

Volunteer and Intern Services Program    

The Department regards the Volunteer Intern Services Program (VISP) as an integral part of its efforts to augment the services of staff and to enhance the public’s awareness of PPP's initiatives, mission, and responsibilities. The VISP provides students and private citizens with an opportunity to experience the work of an agency while applying the knowledge and skills learned toward educational requirements or work experience. The VISP is an opportunity for the community to partner with the Department as we redirect offenders’ lives for better quality improvement and productivity.