Parole & Pardon Hearings

Parole Board

Glossary of Terms

The South Carolina Board of Paroles and Pardons is composed of seven members, one from each of the state's congressional districts. All are appointed by the Governor, subject to approval by the Senate. They serve six-year staggered terms and can be reappointed. If vacancies occur, the Governor selects a replacement before the term expires. The positions of chairman, vice-chairman, and secretary are elected by a majority vote of the Board.

The Board is vested with the following statutory powers:

  • Granting or denying paroles and pardons
  • Revoking, modifying, or rehearing paroles
  • Making recommendations on petitions for reprieves and commutations referred by the Governor

2021 Parole and Pardon Hearings Calendar          2022 Parole and Pardon Hearings Calendar

Parole Board Manual         Board Administrative Meeting 1/13/2021 – Minutes        Board Administrative Meeting 6/2/2021 – Minutes         Board Administrative Meeting 7/14/2021 – Minutes 

Chris Gibbs

Christopher F. Gibbs - Member 
First Congressional District

Christopher F. Gibbs is a licensed attorney, business owner and motivational speaker. Prior to returning to his hometown, Beaufort, to open his law practice, Mr. Gibbs was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina where he represented the United States before the United States District Courts. Prior to his appointment as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice, Mr. Gibbs served as a Litigation Attorney for a regional Insurance Defense law firm and later went on to serve as Special Counsel to a large Pittsburgh-based law firm. Mr. Gibbs is the CEO of Gateway Community and Youth Services, an organization he founded to help residents of homeless shelters and at-risk youth gain job placement and learn practical skills. Mr. Gibbs earned his J.D. at the Charleston School of Law. He received his B.A. in English at The Citadel, where he was a SOCON Academic Honor, a four-year scholarship recipient, and a member of The Citadel football team.

Mollie DuPriest Taylor

Mollie DuPriest Taylor - Secretary
Second Congressional District

Mollie DuPriest Taylor of West Columbia was appointed and confirmed to the SC Board of Paroles and Pardons in 2019.  Mrs. Taylor is a graduate of Brookland Cayce High School, a cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.  She formerly taught in Lexington School District Two and is currently a practicing attorney, along with her husband, Henry Taylor, and they have an office in West Columbia.  She formerly served on the SC Juvenile Parole Board and was the Director of that agency for several years.  Mrs. Taylor is a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration.  She enjoys playing tennis and traveling.


Frank D. Wideman – Member
Third Congressional District

Frank D. Wideman of Greenwood, SC was appointed and confirmed to the SC Board of Paroles and Pardons in 2021.  He represents the Third Congressional District.

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Reno R. Boyd – Member
Fourth Congressional District

Reno Russell Boyd of Greenville, SC was appointed and confirmed to the SC Board of Paroles and Pardons in 2021 representing the Fourth Congressional District.  Mr. Boyd is graduate of Hopkins High School and Morris College, Sumter SC, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Minor in Education.  He is a former military veteran, high school math teacher and retired manager with Michelin North America. He served 11 years on the SC Juvenile Parole Board once as its Chairman and Vice Chairman. Currently he is active as a member of the Mauldin Civitan Club, Morris College National Alumni Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church. He is married with a blended family of 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

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Henry S. Eldridge - Chair
Fifth Congressional District

Henry S. Eldridge of York County, was appointed and confirmed to the SC Board of Paroles and Pardons in 2013, representing the Fifth Congressional District. He is retired from Bayer Corporation Pharmaceutical Division.  Mr. Eldridge is a graduate of A. C. Flora High School, Columbia, and Charleston Southern University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.  He is a decorated US Army veteran, having served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970, and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Combat Medical Badge.  His community service includes United Way York County Board of Directors, York County Red Cross Board of Directors, and the SC Youth Shooting Foundations Advisory Board.  He currently serves as a National Sporting Clays Association Level II Instructor.  He and his wife of 54 years have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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Dr. Lonnie Randolph - Member 
Sixth Congressional District

Lonnie Randolph, Jr. of Columbia graduated from Dreher High School and Benedict College and the Southern College of Optometry, achieving the Doctor of Optometry degree in 1977. Dr. Randolph maintained a private practice in Columbia for over 44 years. He remains active in his profession having served as president of the South Carolina Optometric Association and later recognized as Optometrist of the Year. While managing his practice, Dr. Randolph also volunteered his services for Palmetto Health’s free eye clinic which provides care for students in grades K – 12. Dr. Randolph recently retired as president of the South Carolina State Conference, NAACP having held the post for 14 years.  He also chaired the NAACP Statewide Leadership Coordinating Committee, which organized the Campaign for Dignity in South Carolina. Dr. Randolph has had a longstanding interest in advancing human and civil rights for all people. He continues to serve as a member of the NAACP Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2011, he was awarded the Order of the Palmet­to for his contributions to Human Rights Services.

Kim Frederick

Kim Frederick - Vice Chair
Seventh Congressional District

Kim Frederick of Surfside Beach was appointed and confirmed to the SC Board of Paroles and Pardons in 2017.  Ms. Frederick is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Education.  A former program coordinator for the SC Criminal Justice Academy, Ms. Frederick also worked as a victim services coordinator and then the Horry County Director for the Department of Juvenile Justice.  She served on the SC Juvenile Parole Board for several years, most recently as the Chairman.  Ms. Frederick serves on a Myrtle Beach-area School Improvement Council and is an active member of her church where she enjoys volunteering her time with the youth group, mission projects, and mission trips.