Seven killed during riot at SC prison

Inmate battle leaves seven dead in US prison

The findings are especially disturbing after the latest wave of prison violence in SC: hours of fighting at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville that started Sunday night and lasted until early Monday, leaving seven inmates dead and 20 more requiring medical attention. "They always want to bring up the cell phones and the contraband, there's other contraband in here besides cell phones - there's drugs, there's cigarettes".

"Inmates, their safety should be guaranteed along with those that work there (at the prisons) and the public", he said.

At 6:35 a.m. Monday, SCDC said the incident started at 7:15 p.m. on Sunday and it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.


State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night.

SCDC said the prison was secured at 2:55 a.m. and no staff members or officers were injured.

As of April 16 at midnight, the SCDC website accounts for 1,266 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution.

"I know prisons all around this country that would be safer. if this jamming were allowed", the governor said. The 17 inmates injured during the incident are still being treated.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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