Hearing Witness Portal
In an effort to protect the inmate population, during the current global pandemic surrounding Coronavirus-19, the state is taking measures to prevent the spread of disease to the residents of correctional facilities. The SC Department of Corrections has limited access to their correctional institutions by suspending all visitation at their facilities until further notice. No supporters or family members will be allowed to attend parole hearings until such time as this ban has been lifted.
Note: At this time, there is no change regarding attorney attendance. Attorneys will be allowed to attend the hearings, per the normal procedure.
In an effort to ensure that every inmate has the right to present witnesses/evidence on his/her own behalf, the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is creating aHearing Witness Portalthat will allow supporters or family members who would have attended the parole hearing along with the inmate to submit a written statement of support via e-mail or US Postal Service at the addresses listed below. Please be reminded that the instructions received from SCDC limit the number of attendees to five. See below.
The inmate who is being considered for parole by the Parole Board may have up to five (5) total persons appear with him/her. Of the five, one (1) can be a minister/spiritual adviser, one (1) can be an attorney, and no more than three (3) can be family, friends, employers, etc.
Due to this normal restriction, only five statements per inmate from theHearing Witness Portalwill be presented to the Board. Any other statements received will be listed as Supporters, per the normal procedure.
In order to submit written Witness Testimony, use the link
OR submit your statement in writing to
SCPPPS Hearing Witness Portal
293 Greystone Ave
Columbia, SC 29210
Statements must be received at least 48 hours prior to the actual hearing date.