COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Prosecutors in South Carolina now have the sole authority to assign those convicted of domestic abuse to treatment programs.
In the past, solicitors had to get approval from the state Department of Social Services.
But the Post and Courier of Charleston reports that an order issued Monday by Chief Justice Costa Pleicones gives that authority to prosecutors.
The change comes after the state passed domestic violence reform last year.
Prosecutors will also provide a list of treatment programs to magistrates and municipal judges who sentence those convicted of domestic violence.
Laura Hudson with the South Carolina Crime Victims’ Council says the change gives prosecutors more control and will help in better reporting of domestic abuse in the state.