Creating a new court to help South Carolina’s nonviolent offenders get help instead of prison time would save the state money and allow it to lock up its most dangerous inmates for a longer time, state Attorney General Henry McMaster said Tuesday. McMaster visited the Rotary Club of Charleston to urge its members to ask their state lawmakers to pass his No Parole-Middle Court proposal, reports the city’s Post and Courier. The term “Middle Court” refers to a court that’s halfway between prison and probation and would expand the concept of the state’s drug courts, designed to help nonviolent offenders get help so they don’t commit another crime.
Removing these nonviolent offenders from the state’s prisons would free up room to get rid of parole, McMaster said. He also urged the 150 Rotary members and guests to help the state’s efforts to crack down on predators who use the Internet to solicit sex from children. He noted such predators once had to go to parks or school grounds to find victims, but now they can operate from anywhere. “It’s raining perverts,” he said. “We can’t get ’em all.”