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 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

2017 Parole and Pardon Hearings Schedule

Parole Board Manual


First Congressional District



Second Congressional District


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The Rev. Dan Batson – Secretary
Third Congressional District

Dan Batson was appointed in 2015.  He is presently the Pastor at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Powdersville.  He received his BA in English and his M.Ed. in Personnel Services from Clemson University.  He also received his M. Div. from Erskine Theological Seminary.  In the early 1980's, he served as a Probation and Parole Agent in Oconee County.  He has served on the South Carolina United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry, the Lancaster County Board of Family Promise and the South Carolina United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race.  The Rev. Batson has served 30-plus years as a United Methodist pastor in South Carolina. 

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C. David Baxter – Vice Chair
Fourth Congressional District

David Baxter was appointed in 2007. He is a Project Manager with AT&T and attended Virginia State College, Petersburg, Virginia. Mr. Baxter previously served on the Parole Board from 1995 to 2001, and served as board chair. He is a past member of the Leadership Greer Board of Directors, past Miracle Hill Board member and is a past board member of the YMCA. He is a Sunday School teacher and Deacon at Hampton Park Baptist Church and is a Christian School basketball coach.

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Henry S. Eldridge – Chair
Fifth Congressional District

Henry S. Eldridge of Tega Cay, 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, where he was the Charlotte Division Manager and Manager of Strategic Contracting Managed Care. 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 Viet Nam from 1968 to 1970, and earned a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Combat Medical Badge. His community service includes: Past Chairman Tega Cay Golf Assn., Tega Cay Public Safety Committee, United Way York County Board of Directors, York County Red Cross Board of Directors, Vice Commander of the Tega Cay Veterans Association 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 46 years have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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Karen Walto – Member 
Sixth Congressional District

Karen Walto of Wadmalaw Island is a licensed registered nurse in South and North Carolina and active volunteer in the York County area and currently works for Hospice Care South Carolina as a registered nurse. She has worked as a volunteer for the York County Health Department. Until recently, she was a member of the SC Juvenile Parole Board and is presently the 16th Circuit representative on the Foster Care Review Board. Among her volunteer activities, Walton has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Juvenile Justice for the 16th Circuit since 2000; the Board of Zoning Administrators for Tega Cay since 2004; the Fort Mill Red Ribbon Chair since 1996; and as confirmation director for St. Philip Neri since 1990. She also has been an auxiliary probation officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice since 1996. Walto is a graduate of St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing, Terre Haute, Indiana.


Seventh Congressional District