- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Officials are still trying to decide how to spend nearly $8 million South Carolina lawmakers approved to hire more than 100 additional prosecutors.

The General Assembly approved the money to reduce caseloads. The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/29iqSbs ) that the average prosecutor is handling 376 cases in the state.

Commission on Prosecution Coordination Chairman Duffie Stone said juggling that many cases is hard - delaying trials and resulting in lost evidence and clouded memories for witnesses. Stone says imagine going into a doctor’s waiting room and seeing 376 patients.

Caseloads increase dramatically in poorer, rural districts. The Commission on Prosecution Coordination says one prosecutor In Marion County is responsible for 933 cases.

The money will also put a prosecutor in Saluda, McCormick and Allendale counties, which currently have none.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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