Today we will be opening a two-year reentry center for our maximum-security offenders at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville.

Eighty-five percent of those released from the S.C. Department of Corrections will have served five years or less in prison. For this reason, we started building an extensive reentry program in 2014 to help offenders returning to our communities across South Carolina. We help offenders find employment, housing and the support needed to succeed. These efforts have paid off with historically low return-to-prison rates, saving tax dollars and making our state safer.

The Corrections Department shifted the mission of Manning Reentry/Work Release Center, making it a place to give offenders the tools they need to succeed after release. We partnered with the state’s jobs agency, the

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