Overcriminalizing the Palmetto State: A Primer and Possible Reforms for South Carolina

In South Carolina, residents face a bewildering array of criminal laws covering ordinary business practices and personal conduct, often placing individuals in legal jeopardy for unknowingly violating seemingly innocuous rules. South Carolina’s criminal law, due to its size and complexity, also threatens to divert scarce resources away from the enforcement of serious violent and property crimes while increasing the risk that prosecutions will vary markedly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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