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


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Norris Ashford – Secretary
Second Congressional District

Norris Ashford is an automotive broker, realtor, and a personal fitness trainer. He served as a member and chair on the South Carolina Juvenile Justice Parole Board in 2007-2008. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina and has completed Leadership South Carolina (2000) and 100 Black Men of America's National Leadership Development Institute's Inaugural Class. He served as a volunteer for the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, Lewis Greenview Elementary School and Eau Claire High School. He is actively involved with the Omicron Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.; 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia; Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce; and Columbia's Fatherhood Engagement Initiative.

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The Rev. Dan Batson – Member
Third Congressional District

Dan Batson was appointed in 2015.  He is presently the Senior Pastor at St. John's United Methodist Church in Anderson.  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 is currently in his thirty-second year of ministry 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.

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Marvin Stevenson – Member
Seventh Congressional District

Marvin Stevenson of Marion was a long-time social studies teacher at Terrell's Bay High School and Attendance Supervisor of the Marion county schools. He is a former member and chairman of Marion County Council. He recently completed a term as Highway Commissioner for the Sixth Congressional District. The Allen University graduate has received many honors for distinguished service in his community, including the 1976 Citizen of the Year Award by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Outstanding Service Award by the Community Action Agency, Appreciation Award for Outstanding Service to the Clemson Extension Service, and numerous others. He is married to the former Doris J. Legette of Rains and they have one daughter, Marvaretta, an oncologist at Duke University Hospital.