Monday, 24 September, 2018


7 inmates killed in SC prison violence

Emergency services at the scene. Pic @LeeCountyFire Image Seven inmates have died at the Lee Correctional Institution. Pic @LeeCountyFire
Bennie Garza | 16 April, 2018, 18:48

Seven inmates have died and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison in SC.

Logan said he just finished identifying all the dead Monday and is working to notify relatives. There were more than 20,400 inmates held in SC facilities a year ago, down from a peak of 24,040 inmates held in 2010, state records show.

The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that the deaths happened as in multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.

South Carolina Department of Corrections did not immediately return a request for comment Monday morning.

The department said all responding officers are safe and accounted for. Nikki Haley in 2013 to lead the state prison agency.

Authorities say it took eight hours to quell the riots and secure the prison.

Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

An hours-long prison brawl in SC has left seven inmates dead, reports WRDW.

In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution.

The maximum-security facility that houses about 1,600 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders.

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