The state capital is home to the Kirkland Correctional Institution, where four inmates were fatally strangled a year ago. The prison is about 50 miles east of Columbia. The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that the deaths happened in multiple inmate-on-inmate fights in three housing units. The first fight started in a dorm about 7:15 p. It is thought that inmates were using contraband phones to alert others that fights were breaking out in other dorms. Seven inmates were killed during fights that lasted more than seven hours at a South Carolina prison Sunday night and into Monday morning, according to officials. He was transferred to Lee County in November 2017.
In addition to the seven killed, 17 more inmates were seriously injured following the riot, which was eventually brought under control just before 3 a. The official cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsies. Prison crowding gets a lot of attention but is generally less a factor than staffing, said Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, a Washington-based criminal justice reform advocacy group. One national prison expert has called it the country's worst incident of prison violence in a quarter century. He was transferred to Lee County in October 2017. In one image, the lifeless, blood-stained bodies of three Lee Correctional inmates are stacked like roadkill in a cluster against a prison fence outside. His projected release date was in 2032.
He was transferred to Lee County in November 2017. The slain were serving anywhere from 10 years to life in prison, and their crimes ranged from murder to trafficking crack cocaine. The prison was finally secured around 2:55 a. The youngest was 24 years old; the oldest was 44. The gang members have power. In February, one inmate fatally stabbed another. If they don't want to go back into their cells when a guard tells them to, they don't.
The prisoners were between 24 and 44 years old and serving between 10 years and life for violent offenses. The state cut overall prison spending 2. He was transferred to Lee County in October 2017. Seanna Adcox contributed to this report. Three weeks ago, inmates overpowered a guard, holding him hostage and taking control of part of a dorm for about 90 minutes. He retired in 2016 and now works as a consultant. At least 20 inmates have been killed by other inmates in South Carolina prisons in the past 16 months.
In Oklahoma in July, two corrections officers were taken hostage during a melee involving about 400 prisoners at Great Plains Correctional Facility. The deaths at Lee are the most in any South Carolina prison in recent years. It was the most inmates slain in a single riot in the U. The department said all responding officers and emergency workers are safe and accounted for. Gerald Malloy, a Democrat whose district includes Lee Correctional, summed up the day more bluntly.
He was one of four men convicted following the death of Brittany Aigoro after a robbery at her home in St. The agency's chief told reporters in January about one-fourth of those jobs were unfilled. All seven fatalities in the riot were the result of stabbings using homemade knives, according to Lee County coroner Larry Logan. It's a big money-maker for the gangs. He said it would guarantee the gruesome episode is examined with the utmost transparency.
They lived in a block where their cells were left unlocked because they were considered trustworthy. For seven hours, Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said, inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other, leaving seven dead in the worst U. As the clock approached 11:30 p. The guard was released uninjured. By 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.
Raymond Angelo Scott was serving time for crimes out of Sumter County including assault and battery and gun convictions. The department of corrections says all law enforcement officers who responded to the prison are safe and accounted for. Videos that reportedly were taken by inmates inside the prison and shared to social media show the grisly scene after the riot. He had several other charges out of Greenville County, including drug possession, trafficking in crack cocaine, and firearms. Four inmates were killed last year by fellow prisoners at the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. His dorm is run by a gang, and there's more gang members than there are officers.
Overview of the Lee Correctional Facility in Bishopville, South Carolina. The Department of Corrections, the S. He said cellphones allow gang leaders to continue criminal operations while incarcerated. Details about each inmate killed in fight at Lee County prison in South Carolina The state's prison director, Bryan Stirling, said forces couldn't intervene until enough resources had arrived to ensure safety at the prison that houses more than 1,500 inmates. Cornelius McClary, 33, was serving 25 years for first-degree burglary and battery, firearms provision and criminal conspiracy in Williamsburg County in 2011. Five corrections officers were injured during a December 2007 attack by three inmates in one of the dorms. Corey Scott, 38, was serving 22 years for aggravated assault and battery, kidnapping and armed robbery in McCormick and Florence counties.
Officers, who normally work a 12 hour shift, are asked to work even more overtime. For this reason, you should confirm these visiting hours and other important visiting information by refering to this facility's official policy about these matters: Additionally, the Warden may restrict or cancel visiting for the sake of safety and security; for example, cases of severe weather or other incidents that will impact normal operations at facility. In some prisons, it also has meant more mixing of violent and non-violent inmates and fewer guards. Monday, when guards took control of the last chaotic dorm, state Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said officials will review their response to the deadly melee to determine if anything could have, or should have, been done better. Notice about visiting hours These visiting hours are displayed in an easy to read format for your convienience. Stirling defended the work of the officers and said they acted exactly as they were trained to do considering they are outnumbered by inmates and need to be very cautious, especially in a violent situation. John King of Rock Hill, chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus; House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford of Columbia; Rep.