Inmates killed in fight at SC prison

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

The warden of a SC prison where seven inmates died during a riot needs to step down, and the FBI needs to open an investigation, the National Action Network said Tuesday.

State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night. The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units, SCDC says. Officers were unable to stop the fighting and secure the prison until around 2:55 a.m. on Monday. Mutual aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

According to tweets from the Department of Corrections, all staff and responding law enforcement are safe and accounted for.

State police were called to one of South Carolina's most risky prisons Sunday night. South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, a Columbia Democrat, called the riot a "symptom" of the problems facing the criminal justice system.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that numerous prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks", Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. The prison capacity is 1,272 according to the SCDC website.

Lee County Sheriff's Office also responded to the incident.

Photo Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., is a maximum-security prison.

The prison is about 50 miles east of Columbia. One inmate killed another in February this year.

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