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On May 10, 2016
in General, Public Safety
Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson was recognized today by the South Carolina Department of Corrections’ Division of Young Offender Parole and Reentry Services (YOPRS) during their Founder’s Day celebration at the Department’s Training Academy located at 4444 Broad River Road in Columbia. Sheriff Thompson received the Young Offender Parole & Reentry Services Judge Bill Byars Community Partner Award in Law Enforcement for the partnership between the SCDC and the Jail Diversion / Reentry Program at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.
In July 2011, SCDC implemented a new evidence-based parole service for Youthful Offenders, ages 17-25, called Intensive Supervision. Throughout the life of the program, 2,102 Youthful Offenders have been assigned to Intensive Supervision and 1,730 have been paroled. Today, fully implemented Intensive Supervision Services are experiencing substantial reductions in the number of young men and women returning to prison, helping to end the generational cycle of incarceration. Previously, this high-risk population was returning to prison at a rate of more than 50 percent. SCDC’s unique supervision program touts an impressive 13.5% 2-year recidivism rate.\
The purpose of Founder’s Day is to reflect on the accomplishments of the Intensive Supervision Services along with institutional initiatives undertaken to improve services for Youthful Offenders which are having positive effects on recidivism. The focus is on the resilience of the young men and women served by SCDC, both while incarcerated and under supervision in the community. The event is also an opportunity to show SCDC's gratitude to community partners that help renew the commitment to improving the quality of life across South Carolina.
The Horry County Sheriff's Office partnered with the Young Offenders Parole & Reentry Services Division of the SC Department of Corrections three years ago accepting Youthful Offenders from Turbeville Correctional Institute into the Sheriff's Office three phase drug rehabilitation and reentry program at the detention center.
The program addresses addiction problems and criminogenic behaviors through a therapeutic community environment that lasts up to one year incarceration, then transitioning to a halfway house and ultimately preparing the inmate for reentry back in to the community. The program is the only such rehabilitation program of its kind in South Carolina operated within a detention center and averages around a 70% successful rehabilitation rate.
On April 12, 2016
in Public Safety
Conway, South Carolina-Sheriff Phillip Thompson is pleased to announce the selection of the Director of Detention at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center to fill the vacancy of former Director Tom Fox who was promoted to Chief Deputy in January.
After a thoughtful search for a replacement, Sheriff Thompson selected Captain Wayne Owens of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Owens began his law enforcement career in 1994 at the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff. He has served for approximately (22) twenty two years under Sheriff A. Lane Cribb, and currently served as Captain of Operations.
Mr. Owens graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, session 249, and is a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, class 302. He has attended numerous other law enforcement training classes and programs. Mr. Owens attends Hemingway First Baptist Church and is single.
Director Owens’s first day with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office is April 18, 2016. Sheriff Thompson stated, “Wayne is highly skilled law enforcement administrator that will be a great addition to our leadership team and we are looking forward to him guiding the men and women who operate the detention center”.
On April 7, 2016
in Events, General
Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Sheriff’s Office, along with AARP South Carolina and Shred Alert, is hosting a shred event on Friday, April 29, 2016, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. To help fight back against identity theft, the public is encouraged to bring up to three bags or boxes of your old personal information (staples & paperclips do not have to be removed) to a mobile shredding truck that will be located at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway and at the Shred Alert office located at 4727 Northgate Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The goal this year is to shred 18,000 lbs. of paper!
Identity theft and identity fraud are terms used to refer to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. Identity theft has become one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States.
One of the biggest ways to protect you against identity theft is to shred personal information. You can also adopt a “need to know” approach to your personal data. For example, the more information you put on your checks like social security number and home phone number, the more chances that information could land in the hands of a criminal.
If you are traveling, have your mail held at your local post office or ask a trusting neighbor to collect your mail while you are away. Also, check your financial information regularly, and look for what should be there and what shouldn’t.
For more information about identity theft and how to protect yourself, go to the United States Department of Justice website at http://www.justice.gov/criminal. For more information on the upcoming shred event, contact AARP South Carolina at 866.389.5655.
On April 12, 2013
in County News
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