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SC's domestic violence program called "innovative"

(Columbia-AP) March 17, 2005 - A Harvard University group says a South Carolina project that trains criminal and civil lawyers to be volunteer prosecutors in domestic violence cases is one of the country's most innovative government programs.

The Pro Bono Domestic Violence Prosecution Program is run by the attorney general's office. It's in the running for one of six $100,000 grants from Harvard and The Council For Excellence In Government. It's the only program singled out in South Carolina.

The winners will be announced in July.

The Attorney General's program trains and supervises volunteer attorneys to prosecute criminal domestic violence cases in local court jurisdictions that lack a government prosecutor. The effort began in 2004, with the pilot counties of Orangeburg and Kershaw. In the past year, the program has spread to Winnsboro in Fairfield County, and has begun work in York County. Pro Bono attorneys also prosecute cases in Columbia's CDV court. In addition, McMaster has applied for a federal grant to place prosecutors in six rural Pee Dee counties.

Updated 12:31pm by BrettWitt

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