Clashes in South Carolina Prison Leave 7 Dead, 17 Injured
17 April, 2018, 19:18 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Seven inmates were killed and 17 others were injured in an incident at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, authorities said.
Hours after the violence started, no correctional officers or medical personnel had attended to the dead or dying, he said.
"South Carolina prison officials have been grandstanding and trying to get the FCC to do something about cellphones in their prisons - which I think is a tacit admission that they can't control the corruption among their guards; they're actually not focusing on core safety issues", Wright told Loud & Clear.
The first fight started in a dorm about 7:15 p.m. Sunday and appeared to be contained before suddenly breaking out in two other dorms.
The correctional institution was opened in 1993 and it houses 1,500 offenders - all male who include some of the most violent offenders of the state.
Allen states he learned about the morale issues while visiting prisons following the deadly attack at Kirkland previous year and expects to follow up on their investigation after this latest riot at Lee.
The Bishopville correctional institution has in fact seen the most number of deaths than any prison in SC in the recent years.
In February, one inmate killed another at the prison.
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Seven sets of human remains have now been identified; to date, Kayhan's remains have never been identified. McArthur came to the police's attention in the fall of 2017 as part of that probe.
In late March, prisoners briefly held an officer hostage after they took control of part of a dorm, The State reported.
Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded.
The prison is about 50 miles east of Columbia.
SCDC said the prison was secured at 2:55 a.m. and no staff members or officers were injured.
These undated photos provided by the South Carolina Department of Corrections shows, from top row from left, Corey Scott, Eddie Casey Gaskins, Raymond Angelo Scott and Damonte Rivera; bottom row from left, Michael Milledge, Cornelius McClary and Joshua Jenkins.
A police vehicle sits outside the Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, South Carolina.
This shows the Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C. Multiple inmates were killed and others seriously injured amid fighting between prisoners inside the maximum security prison in SC.
The inmate sent messages to AP as events unfolded overnight Sunday into Monday morning at Lee Correctional Institution.
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