South Carolina solicitors now have the authority to send individuals convicted of domestic abuse to treatment programs.
The Charleston Post and Courier reports an order issued by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Costa Pleicones gives that ability to prosecutors to make the decision on their own. Previously, solicitors had to get approval from the state Department of Social Services (DSS).
The change comes after the state legislature passed several reforms in domestic violence laws last year.
Under the change, solicitors at each of the state’s 16 judicial districts will provide judges who sentence individuals convicted of domestic violence with a list of treatment programs that are available.
Laura Hudson of the South Carolina Crime Victims’ Council said the change gives solicitors more control and will help with better tracking of domestic abuse.