Senator Allen went to work when an inmate was not allowed to go to his parent’s funeral. Our Senator said but for the Grace of God go us and he passed his funeral bill making it S.C. law that an inmate who is not a security risk must be allowed to attend immediate family funerals or visit in a terminal illness. He stood up to the establishment who said how many times has this occurred and how do we pay for this? Senator Allen said, “It struck me as cruel and unusual punishment and a direct violation of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. It took 8 yrs, but I kept going and couldn’t give up. Finally, we passed a law that as long as an inmate was not a security risk they could be transported to an immediate family member’s funeral or terminal illness. I also discovered an archaic statute that allows local sheriffs to take an inmate into custody for the purposes of transporting them to the funeral, or hospital for a terminal illness. Families, friends, and churches pay for the transport fees. “In the words of Karl’s Grandma, “Where there this a will, there is a way.”
It struck me as cruel and unusual punishment and a direct violation of the 8th Amendment of the Constitution. It took 8 yrs, but I kept going and couldn’t give up.
Senator Karl Allen