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An Act to Provide for the Establisment of a School in the State Penitentiary.

March 13, 1872

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1871-72, Pages 211-212.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That, on the passage of this Act, it shall be the duty of the Superintendent of the Penitentiary to organize a school in the said institution, for the benefit of such convicts confined therein as may reasonably be expected to derive advantages therefrom. He shall employ teachers at such compensation as the Directors of the Penitentiary shall deem proper; and said teachers may be removed when found inefficient, incompetent or inattentive to their duties, or for any other cause unsuitable for the trust.

Sec. 2. The school shall be in operation every working day of the week, at such time, between the hours of 6 and 8 A. M., and between 4 and 8 P. M., as shall not interfere materially with the general work or labor, nor with the meal hours established, or hereafter to be established, at the institution: Provided, That the Directors and the Superintendent of the Penitentiary may increase the said time, and protract or lengthen the hours of the school, at their discretion, for such convicts or seholars as shall manifest particular aptness to derive benefit therefrom.

Sec. 3. That it shall be the duty of the State Superintendent of Education, on the requisition of the Superintendent of the Penitentiary, approved by the Directors, to supply the said school with such text books as may be necessary for its use, on such terms and conditions as may be established for supplying the Free Common Schools of the State.

Sec. 4. That all Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with this Act be, and the same are hereby, repealed.

Alonzo J. Ransier, President of the Senate.
Franklin J. Moses, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Robert K. Scott, Governor.

Approved: March 13, 1872

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