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ACLU of South Carolina
ACLU South Carolina National Office
P.O. Box 20998
Charleston, SC 29413
Phone: (843) 720-1423

  • The ACLU of South Carolina's National Office is dedicated to preserving the civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Through communications, lobbying and litigation, the ACLU South Carolina's National Office works to preserve and enhance the rights of all citizens of South Carolina. Foremost among these rights are freedom of speech and religion, the right to equal treatment under law, and the right to privacy.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Committee, Spartanburg County
Attn: Cindy A. Sheridan
P.O. Box 1252
Spartanburg, SC  29304
187 West Broad Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Phone: (864)582-7588, ext. 215

  • Eligibility requirements: Residents of Spartanburg County
    Fees: Hourly fees for services with indigency considerations; Medicaid and other 3rd party insurers.
  • Application procedures: Call, visit
  • Every person convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) is required by South Carolina law to successfully complete ADSAP (Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program), if they want to be re-licensed. Effective July 1, 1998, state law requires persons to enroll in ADSAP who have been arrested for zero tolerance (under age 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher) and Administrative License Revocation (ALR). Individuals may be required to attend and complete educational classes, group counseling, or individual counseling. This program's goal is to reduce future risk for DUI and promote community and highway safety. Fees for ADSAP services are not included in court costs. To determine eligibility for a Provisional (temporary) Driver's License, call the office. ADSAP groups are offered on week nights and Saturday mornings.

Alston-Wilkes Society
Attn:Barbara Rippy, Community Service Coordinator for Midlands
3519 Medical Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 799-2490
Fax: (803) 540-7223

  • The Alston Wilkes Society extends a helping hand to those who are most at-risk and helps rebuild their lives through rehabilitation and prevention services. AWS was founded to provide services to adults who were being released from federal correctional facilities, and has grown to increase our service reach to include homeless veterans, at-risk families and disadvantaged and troubled youth. Programs include: Community Services - Midlands Region, Veterans Services, Youth Administration, and Adult/Youth Residential Services Administration.
  • Eligibility requirements: Offenders, ex-offenders, veterans, homeless.
  • Application procedures: Interview process
  • Motto: "Serving adult and youth offenders. Rebuilding lives for a safer community."
    Funding: Contributions; United Way

Bar, South Carolina-- Lawyer Referral Service
P.O. Box 608
Columbia, SC  29202-060
950 Taylor Street
Phone: (800) 868-2284
Contact: Joan Brown

  • Eligibility requirements: Anyone
  • Fees: No fee for referral
  • Referrals to lawyers in different locations and types of law. Provides a reduced rate of no more than $50.00 for first 30 minute consultation with lawyer. Fees thereafter will be at the lawyer's regular rate.

Bar, South Carolina Legal Clinics
Debbie Morris
P.O. Box 608
Columbia, SC  29202-0608
950 Taylor Street
Phone: (803) 799-6653
Fax: (803) 799-4118

  • The South Carolina Bar offers a number of free legal clinics around the state. For information about clinics in your area, contact Debbie Morris at 803-799-4015, ext. 158.

Campbell pre-Release Center
4530 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-8560

  • The Center provides an environment conducive to rehabilitation through work programming, pre-release programming/training, and other relevant programs as a means of reintegrating the offender back into the community. Adult Basic Education offered through Correctional Learning Network.

Catawba Pre-Release Center
1030 Milling Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone: (803) 325-5361 or (803) 734-9946

  • The Center provides an environment conducive to rehabilitation through work programming, pre-release programming/training, and other relevant programs as a means of reintegrating the offender into the community.

Division of Young Offender Services
S.C. Department of Corrections
Attn: Kathy B. Thompson, Director
P.O. Box 21787
Columbia, SC 29221-1787
Phone: (803) 896-1772 or (803) 896-1856
Fax: (803) 896-1597

  • Contact for information regarding the Young (Male) Offender Intensification Program and Young Female Offenders Intensification Program (YFOIP), which provides the following programs to offenders: substance abuse treatment, family counseling, academic services, anger management, survivor support groups, social/life skills training, alcohol and drug education, cognitive restructuring, parenting, sex offender treatment. Pastoral, education, recreation and health services are part of the program.

Governor's Office of Ombudsman
SC Governor Mark Sanford
1200 Senate Street, Room 104
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: (803) 734-5049
Fax: (803) 734-0396

Immigration and Naturalization Service (U.S.)
Greer Office
142-D West Phillips Road
Greer, SC  29650
Phone: (800) 375-5283

  • Fees: Varies according to type of application
  • Application procedures: InfoPass Appointment recommended -- they will be seen first (visit the website to make an appointment); Depending on application some may be mailed in.
  • Located in Greenville Office Park near the intersection of I-85 and Highway 14 South. Offers naturalization and permanent resident services as well as information about filing documents. *Due to small staff, it is recommended to call the 800 number.
  • Parent Agency: United States Department of Homeland Security

Juvenile Justice
South Carolina Department (DJJ)
Michael Smith, Director
Spartanburg Co. Judicial Center
180 Magnolia Street, Room 201
Spartanburg, SC  29306
Phone: (864) 562-4200
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm

  • Eligibility requirements: Youth under the age of 17 referred by law enforcement
  • Application procedures: Call, visit, referral from law enforcement
  • DJJ maintains an office and provides services/programs in all counties of SC. DJJ clients are juveniles (young people under the age of 17) who have been charged with a criminal offense by law enforcement and referred to Family Court.

Legal Services, South Carolina
Andrea Loney, Executive Director
148 East Main Street
Spartanburg, SC  29306
Phone: (864)582-0369
Toll free: (800) 922-8176
Website: |

  • Eligibility requirements: Based on income and household size
  • Fees: SCLS charges no attorney fees.  There may be court costs or costs for serving papers on the other party if it is necessary to file a lawsuit.
  • Application procedures: For initial appointment, call 1-888-346-5592.  If served with papers, call (864)582-0369 or 1-800-922-8176.
  • A not-for-profit corporation to provide free legal help to low income people. Legal services for indigent people in the areas of public benefits, housing, family, health, education, elder law, employment and consumer. Other legal problems referred

Palmetto Innocence Project
c/o Law Offices of Joseph M. McCulloch, Jr.
P.O. Box 11623
1329 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: (803) 779-0005

  • The Innocence Project's groundbreaking use of DNA technology to free innocent people has provided irrefutable proof that wrongful convictions are not isolated or rare events but instead arise from systemic defects. Now an independent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the Innocence Project's mission is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 782-0639 (voice/TDD)

  • Provides legal assistance on conditions and treatment issues to prisoners with disabilities. Does not do criminal work

Sherrif's Department, Spartanburg Coutny
Crime Prevention Division
Craig Bradley, Master Deputy
8045 Howard Street
Spartanburg, SC  29304
Phone: (864) 503-4676
Fax: (864) 503-4561

  • Crime Prevention Division offers a wide variety of programs for Spartanburg County citizens. For everyone: Neighborhood Watch, Community Policing, Basic Gun Safety, Traffic Safety, Security Checks/Surveys, Crime Victims Counseling, and Citizens Police Academy. For children and young adults: Child Fingerprinting, presentations like Stranger Danger and Officer Friendly, Teen Suicide, Child Abuse, Vandalism and McGruff. For businesses: Shoplifting Prevention and Armed Robbery. For women: Firearm Safety and Self-Defense. Also programs for Drug Prevention and Awareness and DUI and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention.
    AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County

Soteria World Outreach Ministry, Inc
c/o Jerry Blassingame
80 Byrdland Drive
Greenville, SC 29607-2702

South Carolina Cure
P.O. Box 504
Newberry, SC 29108 
Phone: (803)276-8602

  • Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants is a membership organization of families of prisoners, prisoners, former prisoners and other concerned citizens. CURE has two goals: 1, to use prisons only for those who have to be in them; and 2, for those who must be in them, to provide the prisoners all the rehabilitative opportunities necessary to turn their lives around

South Carolina Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 21787
4444 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803)896-8500
Contact: Jon Ozmint, Director

  • The Mission of the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) is: Safety -- We will protect the public, our employees, and our inmates; Service -- We will provide rehabilitation and self-improvement opportunities for inmates; Stewardship -- We will promote professional excellence, fiscal responsibility, and self-sufficiency.

South Carolina Employment Security Commission
1550 Gadsden Street
P.O. Box 995
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Phone: (803)737-2588
Fax: (803)737-0140

Employment Service
Columbia Area: (803) 737-JOBS, (803)737-5627
Employment: Lexington Area: (803) 359- 6131
Columbia Unemployment Office: (803) 737-5627

  • (Offers links to Workforce Centers in all 37 counties.) Unemployed workers (or anyone seeking employment) may obtain assistance from a statewide network of Employment Service Offices. Services include testing, counseling, and referral to jobs. The Employment Service Offices assists all employers, large or small, to fill their jobs quickly with qualified personnel. All employment services are free to the public.

South Carolina Legal Services

  • South Carolina Legal Services is a statewide law firm that provides civil legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians.

South Carolina Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL)
Email: or
Contact: Sandra, Henry

  • To educate the State Legislatures on the civil rights of Sex Offenders; To educate our community, especially teens and their parents, on the crimes that will require a person to register as an offender. Education is a pro-active approach to decrease offenses and convictions, as well as an opportunity to gain support of our community. The injustices need to be "brought home" and the issues become the responsibility of all; Offer support to families and former offenders, through networking, education, and other areas of need; Change laws which label non-violent offenders as threat to the community

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