S.C. Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act Policy and Fees

 

The South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination (SCCPC) complies with the requirements of the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The SCCPC follows the definitions, procedures, and exemptions listed in FOIA that can be found at South Carolina FOIA. In addition, the SCCPC follows other restrictions, exemptions, and exclusions set out in other state and federal law.

 

FOIA provides that the right to inspect, copy, or receive an electronic transmission or copy of any non-exempt public record from the SCCPC does not extend to individuals serving a sentence of imprisonment in a state or county correctional facility in this State, in another state, or in a federal correctional facility. However, this may not be construed to prevent those individuals from exercising their constitutionally protected right to evidence in their favor in a criminal prosecution under the South Carolina Rules of Criminal Procedure. Inmates and others seeking such favorable evidence should contact the Solicitor’s Office prosecuting their case (through their attorney if they have one).

 

Under the provisions of FOIA, the SCCPC has 10 business days (or 20 business days for requests for records over two years old) in which to inform a requestor of the availability of non-exempt publicly available documents specific to the request and to arrange a mutually suitable date and time for document review and/or providing publicly available documents.

 

In accordance with the S.C. Family Privacy Protection Act, S.C. Code 30-2-10 et seq., information provided in response to a FOIA request must neither have been obtained for nor used for commercial solicitation directed to any person in this State.

 

Fees

The SCCPC charges reasonable costs for providing documents. Fees will be assessed uniformly. Any reduction or waiver in fees must be approved in advance by the Commission’s Executive Director.

 

FOIA Fee Schedule

Scanning/Copying/Redaction Staff Time

The fee for scanning, copying, and redaction will not exceed the prorated hourly salary of the lowest paid employee who, in the reasonable discretion of the SCCPC has the necessary skill and training to fulfill the request.

CD/DVD Fee

$5 per disk

Printed copies

$0.20 per page

Postage

actual cost (minimum of $2.00)

Requestors will also be charged for any expenses actually incurred by SCCPC in retrieving the requested information or documents (such as archival retrieval fees).

 

A deposit of up to 25 percent of the anticipated total cost may be required prior to processing a request.

 

Submission of FOIA Requests

All FOIA requests must:

  • be in writing,
  • be specific (what exactly is being requested, and what is the period of time for the information/records requested), and
  • include the name, address, and phone number of the person making the request.

Requests must also include a statement that the document(s) being sought is being requested under FOIA.

 

Methods of Submitting FOIA Requests

Email

Mail

In subject line, type:

     FOIA Request

Email to:

     asancho-baker@cpc.sc.gov

Freedom of Information Request

S.C. Commission on Prosecution Coordination

P.O. Box 11561

Columbia, SC  29211-1561

 

FOIA Contact Information

 

Telephone:      (803) 343-0765

Email:             asancho-baker@cpc.sc.gov