Henry McMaster on Crime
Invest $100 million in upgrading prisons
We are all aware of the struggles facing the men and women working at our Department of Corrections: contraband, violence, gangs, staffing shortages, health care deficiencies. This must change.
I ask that we invest at least $100 million dollars toward making our prisons safer and more secure, both inside and outside the fence, by replacing and repairing existing infrastructure, facilities and control systems.
Source: 2020 South Carolina State of the State address
, Jan 22, 2020
Jam cellphone signals inside state prisons
We also face threats from inside our prisons. Today, cell phones are so concealable and available that they have revolutionized criminal activity. With cell phones smuggled inside the prison or secretly thrown over the wall, inmates and
their conspirators on the outside can practice extortion, conduct blackmail, plan and execute "hits," operate drug rings and run any number of fraud schemes.
It is as though they never got caught.
Our Department of Corrections is leading the national effort to repeal the federal law which prohibits us from jamming these phone signals.
Until we accomplish that, we must take every action, try every idea and implement any law which will stop these criminals. I ask for your determined assistance.
Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature
, Jan 24, 2018
Prosecuted sex predators, prostitution, and fraud
Source: 2010 S.C. Gubernatorial campaign website HenryMcMaster.com
, Jan 11, 2017
- 2005: Declared Criminal Domestic Violence SC's #1 Crime: Worked with victim's advocates to enhance the law and create special courts in 36 counties, producing thousands of convictions.
- 2004: Created Internet Sex Predator
(ICAC) Task Force: Wrote the law banning the use of the Internet by child sex predators, trained network of 50 law enforcement agencies which have arrested hundreds of these criminals, with a 100% conviction rate.
Investigated and Prosecuted HomeGold case: Wrote the law to investigate securities fraud, then convicted all six architects of the HomeGold and Carolina Investors who defrauded thousands.
- 2010: Challenged Craigslist over prostitution
ads, resulting in the removal of those ads nationwide.
- 2010: Expanded State Grand Jury, to assist in convicting gang members, securities fraud, and environmental crimes.
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