Tuesday 16 October 2018

South Carolina prison secured following disturbance

Multiple fights broke out between inmates, according to a prisons spokesman.

There have been a number of violent events at the prison in recent years (Niall Carson/PA)
There have been a number of violent events at the prison in recent years (Niall Carson/PA)

By Meg Kinnaird

One of South Carolina’s most dangerous prisons has been secured after state police were called out to a disturbance.

The South Carolina Corrections Department said State Law Enforcement Division agents responded around midnight on Sunday to “an ongoing situation” at the Lee Correctional Institution.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon said the prison was secured at around 3am on Monday after multiple fights broke out between inmates at 7.15pm on Sunday.

Mr Taillon said no officers were wounded, but gave no details on dead or injured inmates. Some local media reported the local coroner had been called.

The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina’s most violent and longest-serving offenders.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight, and one inmate killed another in February this year.

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