South Carolina’s Raise the Age Law Goes into Effect TODAY

July 1, 2019

Today, the minimum age a person in South Carolina can be considered an adult in the state’s criminal justice system is raised from 17 years old to 18 years old— likely changing the lives of thousands of teens for years to come.


The Raise the Age Law, which passed the State Legislature three years ago, bolsters the state’s juvenile justice system and allows for age-appropriate alternatives to jail time for teens aged 17 and below. The law not only raises the age to be considered an adult in the criminal justice system, but provides that most 17 year olds alleged to have broken the law will now go to family court, rather than circuit court.


Senator Gerald Malloy (D-Hartsville), who was the sponsor of the bill when it passed in 2016, said the following on today’s significance:


“Today is a win for children across South Carolina. These young boys and girls who may have been kept in adult facilities before, now they’re able to go through a system that keeps them closer to their families and in their home communities. We’re excited for a fairer and safer future for our kids.”


The text of the bill can be found HERE.

South Carolina set to raise 'juvenile' status to 18 on

July 1


June 14th, 2019

South Carolina will soon see an increase in the age that defines who is a juvenile in the eyes of the law. The bill, signed in 2016 by then-governor Nikki Haley, amends a section of South Carolina law within the jurisdiction of family court. The bill raises the juvenile age to 18 regarding delinquency cases. Previously, teenagers were no longer considered juveniles at age 17.

Scoppe: Want to know a secret about our legislators? They get along.


May 25, 2019


At the front of the House chamber, Democratic Leader Todd Rutherford is standing next to Republican Leader Gary Simrill, gushing over how awe-inspiring it was to work with Mr. Simrill on the budget conference committee, and praising the amazing job they were able to do thanks to the leadership of Ways and Means Chairman Murrell Smith, who was determined, he said, to consider the priorities of all representatives, regardless of party.

Biden to test appeal among black voters in South Carolina

by MEG KINNARD Associated Press

Friday, May 3rd 2019


Joe Biden will have his first chance this weekend to demonstrate whether he can attract the type of diverse coalition that twice sent Barack Obama to the White House.

The former vice president has opened his presidential campaign with explicit appeals to white, working-class voters across the Midwest, pledging his allegiance to unions and promising to rebuild the middle class.