FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2023
SC SENATE VOTES TO END CATCH AND RELEASE OF VIOLENT CRIMINALS
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Today, the South Carolina Senate unanimously adopted H. 3532, a bill to reform the State’s broken bond system and keep dangerous criminals behind bars.
South Carolina Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey said bond reform is a top priority for Senate Republicans this legislative session. “We heard from our constituents, and they’re fed up with the revolving door of our justice system. We intend to close that door,” Leader Massey said.
The bill cracks down on criminal defendants who commit violent crimes while on bond by revoking the initial bond and requiring judges to consider the prior charges and bond status of the defendant in future hearings.
Senator Greg Hembree, former 15th Circuit Solicitor, added: “Today the Senate built upon the great work of the Speaker of the House and his colleagues by passing H. 3532. This bond reform bill addresses the dangerous catch and release of violent criminals through higher bonds and revocation of bond. This bill will make South Carolina safer.”
Too often, dangerous criminals are arrested, booked, and released on bond, only to be stopped again for committing another violent crime.
Senate Republicans are committed to keeping South Carolina safe. Safe communities enable citizens to work and thrive. Safe beaches allow families to rest and relax.
The bill returns to the House for approval, then to the Governor’s desk for his signature.