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Thursday, September 11, 2003

Hollings Announces Funding for the South Carolina
Judicial Department

Hollings secured funding in Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings announced today the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released $7,250,000 funding to the South Carolina Judicial Department to purchase equipment for integrating the case-docket system into a state-of-the-art comprehensive database to be shared between the court system and law enforcement.

"The South Carolina Judicial Department is working on several innovative projects that contribute to South Carolina's public safety, while doing so in a high-tech and cost-effective manner," said Sen. Hollings, who as the previous Chairman and current Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee funding the Commerce, Justice and State Departments secured this appropriation. "With this funding, the South Carolina Justice Department will be working with cutting-edge technologies that will streamline the justice and judicial processes within our state. By arming law enforcement officials with these kinds of information tools, we can help them to rapidly report and receive dispositions, warrants, and protective orders. This will make South Carolina a safer place."

This modernization of the judicial system also will bring South Carolina up to date with other federal, state, and local agencies that rely upon electronic information interchanges more and more everyday. Better information exchange translates into a more effective judicial process for South Carolinians, increasing the probability of apprehending criminals with federal charges against them.

In addition, it will allow for better scheduling and proactive management of state and local caseloads for judges, especially those on the traveling circuits of South Carolina. Such efficiency will mean more timely due process for all citizens of South Carolina.

Sen. Hollings secured this funding within DOJ's Bureau of Justice Assistance. The main purpose of the Bureau of Justice Assistance is to provide leadership and assistance in support of local criminal justice strategies to achieve safe communities.