South Carolina

Eyewitness Identification Reform

South Carolina has no eyewitness identification reform policy.

Recording of Interrogations

South Carolina has no law requiring recorded interrogations.

Post Conviction DNA Testing

A person who has pled not guilty to, been convicted of, and is currently incarcerated for an offense listed in §17-28-30, may apply for post-conviction DNA testing. A petitioner who pled guilty or nolo contendere to such an offense may apply for testing no later than 7 years from the date of sentencing. Effective: 2009.

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Evidence Preservation

State statute requires the automatic preservation of all evidence for crime categories listed under §17-28-320 for the length of time an individual remains incarcerated or until he or she is executed. If the defendant pled guilty, the state must preserve evidence for seven years. Effective: 2009.

South Carolina's statute meets the best practices standards outlined by the NIST Technical Working Group on Biological Evidence Preservation.

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Exoneree Compensation

South Carolina has no state compensation law.

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