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The Pew Center on the States has released a study that says states like South Carolina could save much money by shifting many non-violent offenders from jails to probation.
Read more stories on this subject in our jail topic page.The argument is simple: It costs $16,000 a year to lock someone up, and probation has a statistically higher chance of folks not committing another crime.
But the details are, well, detailed. The Post and Courier has a done a good job hashing out the study and what it means to South Carolina.