|In 1999, the General Assembly gave the Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole Services responsibility for collecting restitution from offenders and disbursing it to victims. Since then, we have returned more than $29 million to victims and their families.
This money was taken from the wages of offenders who were required to work as part of their sentencing. It is part of the Department's strategy for not only being tough on crime, but being smart on crime as well.
Our commitment to restitution is not only designed to help restore the quality of life for victims, but also to send a clear message to criminals: If you break the law in South Carolina, you will pay for it - literally.