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Glossary of Terms

ABSCONDER
An offender under the Department's supervision who has fled from supervision, or who is otherwise absent without proper permission.
COMMMUNITY SUPERVISION PROGRAM
A mandatory supervision program operated by the Department pursuant to Section 24-21-560 of the S.C. Code for offenders sentenced for a “no parole offense” and released after completing at least 85% if their sentence.

COMPLETED SENTENCE
Sentence that was part of the original conviction that has been completed.

DIRECTOR
The executive and administrative head of the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, responsible for managing and overseeing the business of the Department.

FACTS OF THE OFFENSE
All facts surrounding the commission of the offense by the offender/co-defendant.

GPS
Global Positioning Satellite.

HEARING DATE
The date a parole consideration case will be heard by the Parole Board.

HOME DETENTION
A condition of intensive supervision under which an offender is confined to his or her residence.

INITIAL PAROLE ELIGIBILITY DATE
The date when the offender first became eligible for parole.

IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE
A device the size of a hand held calculator that, when connected to a vehicle’s ignition system, prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over a pre-set level.

INMATE
An individual serving a prison sentence at an institution of the SC Department of Corrections.

INTENSIVE SUPERVISION
An enhanced level of supervision on which an offender may be placed.

INTERSTATE COMPACT
The Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (S.C. Code Section 24-21-1100 - 1220) is a reciprocal agreement permitting the transfer of adult offender cases between member states under certain conditions.

LIVESCAN
A device capable of digitally scanning, storing and transmitting fingerprints.
OFFENDER
An individual serving a term of supervision in the community under the authority of the Department.

OFFENSE CATEGORY
The level at which an offender is classified: Violent or Nonviolent.

PARDON
An act of forgiveness given by the state for any crime committed by an individual.

PAROLE
A conditional release given by the Board of an offender into the community under the supervision of the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services .

PAROLE MAX OUT
How long the offender will be under supervision if released on parole.

PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD
The offender’s past criminal record.

PRIOR SUPERVISION HISTORY
Prior probation/parole supervision in the community.

PROBATION
A judicial act of grace or clemency that allows a person convicted of a crime to avoid imprisonment, or at least to avoid some part of the term of imprisonment that might be imposed under the sentence, by suspending the sentence and placing the offender on supervision in the community.

RADIO FREQUENCY/ELECTRONIC MONITORING
A device that employs radio frequency technology that is attached to the ankle and records the offender's activity when entering and leaving his or her residence, and generates reports which document the compliance or noncompliance with an established curfew.
RESCISSION
The withdrawal of the decision to grant parole or provisional parole before the order of parole becomes effective.

REVOCATION
The early termination of supervision, before the date on which it was set to expire, based upon a showing by a preponderance of the evidence that the offender willfully violated the conditions of his supervision.

RISK LEVEL
Low, moderate or high likelihood that the offender might commit another crime.

SCDC #
The offender’s identification number used by South Carolina Department of Corrections number.

SID #
The offender's State identification number assigned by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

SOCIAL HISTORY
This information is taken from family and community members. The offender also provides input.

STANDARD SUPERVISION
The lowest level of supervision on which an offender may be placed.
SUSPENDED SENTENCE
Actual time imposed.

VICTIMS STATEMENTS
The pre-parole investigator obtains statements from victims after locating a current address. The agency is required by law to notify all victims/law enforcement officials and judges 30 days prior to the hearing date.

YOUTHFUL OFFENDER CONDITIONAL RELEASE
The Youthful Offender Act (YOA) is an indeterminate sentence of up six years for offenders ages 17 through 25.

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