Columbia, SC - The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) is holding a National Crime Victims Impact Ceremony at Leath Correctional Institution on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 beginning at 10am.
The theme for this year’s ceremony is Strength, Resilience, and Justice, which reflects an ideal in which all victims are strengthened by the support they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. Leath is taking the theme a step further by “Bridging the Gap” between communities, organizations, and families to begin the healing process and reform, as well as, showing support for the many victims and survivors.
Leath has facilitated this program for the past three years to support and honor victims and survivors who still suffer daily. Each inmate takes special care this week to reflect on the victims of their indiscretions and the harm they have done. Leath inmates will be writing essays and poetry, observing silent moments throughout the day, and participating in various other activities as they reflect on victims.
Former SCDC contraband officer Captain Robert Johnson will be recognized during this year’s ceremony. Captain Johnson survived six gunshot wounds from a 2010 attempt on his life, which was organized by inmates using contraband cellphones. Captain Johnson is an advocate for contraband prevention and interception methods and recently testified at an open Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting in Washington, DC in support of cell phone signal jamming technologies being used in prisons.