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TO AMEND SECTION 24-3-27, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LOCAL REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE CONFINEMENT OF CERTAIN PERSONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT AN INMATE CONFINED IN A REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY MAY BE SERVED A WARRANT BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF A COUNTY WHICH PARTICIPATES IN THE FUNDING OF THE FACILITY WITHOUT IT BEING COUNTERSIGNED BY OFFICIALS OF THE COUNTY IF ITS LOCATION IS DIFFERENT.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 24-3-27 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 7 of 1995, is amended by adding at the end:
"Section 24-3-27. (A) The governing bodies of counties or municipalities may join in establishing local regional correctional facilities for the confinement of persons awaiting trial or sentence on criminal charges, convicted and sentenced on criminal charges, or not otherwise eligible for confinement in state or other facilities. For this purpose, the governing bodies may:
(1) acquire, hold, construct, finance, improve, maintain, operate, own or lease, in the capacity of lessor or lessee, a local regional correctional facility for the purpose of incarcerating their own inmates, inmates of other counties or municipalities, or inmates from the Department of Corrections;
(2) form cooperative agreements for the management, supervision, and control of a local regional correctional facility, its property, assets, funds, employees, and prisoners, and other resources and liabilities as appropriate.
(B) Every sentenced person committed to a local regional correctional facility constructed or operated pursuant to this section unless disqualified by sickness or otherwise, must be kept at some useful employment suited to his age and capacity and which may tend to promote the best interest of the citizens of this State.
(C) Notwithstanding another provision of law, an inmate confined in a regional correctional facility may be served a warrant by a law enforcement officer of a county which participates in the funding of the facility without it being countersigned by the officials of the county if its location is different."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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