Probation InformationGlossary of Terms
Upon receiving a new probation case, the Victim Advocate will send a notification to the victim, provided that our Department receives the victim’s address from the Solicitor’s Office. Included in the letter will be the conditions the offender must obey while under supervision. Oftentimes one of those conditions is restitution. The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services can only enforce the restitution if a judge has ordered it as part of the sentence. Offenders’ restitution payments are scheduled on a monthly basis and the Department makes every effort to ensure that the offender fulfills this obligation.
If the victim has indicated a desire to receive continued notification while the offender is under the supervision of the SCDPPPS, they will be notified in the event of a violation hearing, and advised of their right to attend the hearing if they so desire. Violation hearings can be heard before an Administrative Hearing officer, Circuit Court Judge or the Parole Board.
Victims will be notified of their opportunity to provide input if the Agent is considering terminating a case early from supervision. Victims will also receive notification once the case has closed satisfactorily and is no longer under the Department’s jurisdiction.
For certain offenses, victims will be notified if the offender absconds from supervision.
If you have a question regarding the supervision of an offender, or want to ensure that the Department has your correct address for notification purposes, please contact the SCDPPPS County Office where the offender resides. Ask to speak to the supervising Agent or the Victim Advocate for that county.
Click here for a list of Victim Advocates.