Article XII, South Carolina Constitution

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Article XII of the South Carolina Constitution is entitled Functions of Government and consists of nine sections, five of which are reserved.

Section 1

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Matters of Public Concern; General Assembly to Provide Appropriate Agencies

The health, welfare, and safety of the lives and property of the people of this State and the conservation of its natural resources are matters of public concern. The General Assembly shall provide appropriate agencies to function in these areas of public concern and determine the activities, powers, and duties of such agencies.

(1970 (56) 2683; 1971 (57) 46.)

Section 2

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Institutions for Confinement of Persons Convicted of Crimes

The General Assembly shall establish institutions for the confinement of all persons convicted of such crimes as may be designated by law, and shall provide for the custody, maintenance, health, welfare, education, and rehabilitation of the inmates.

(1970 (56) 2683; 1971 (57) 46.)

Section 3

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Separate Confinement of Juvenile Offenders

The General Assembly shall provide for the separate confinement of juvenile offenders under the age of seventeen from older confined persons.

(1970 (56) 2683; 1971 (57) 46.)

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Section 9

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Control of Convicts

The Penitentiary and the convicts thereto sentenced shall forever be under the supervision and control of officers employed by the State; and in case any convicts are hired or farmed out, as may be provided by law, their maintenance, support, medical attendance and discipline shall be under the direction of officers detailed for those duties by the authorities of the Penitentiary. Provided, however, that the General Assembly may authorize the Department of Corrections to transfer inmates to correctional institutions of other states or the federal government for confinement, treatment or rehabilitation when such transfers are deemed to be in the best interest of the inmate concerned.

(1969 (56) 930; 1971 (57) 237.)

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