Wednesday 20 June 2018

State police called to ‘ongoing situation’ at South Carolina jail

Lee Correctional Institution houses some of the state’s most dangerous criminals, and has been the scene of several large-scale incidents in recent years.

The prison has been the scene of several violenct incidents (Niall Carson/PA)
The prison has been the scene of several violenct incidents (Niall Carson/PA)

By Meg Kinnaird

South Carolina state police have been called to an “ongoing situation” at one of the state’s most dangerous prisons.

The South Carolina Corrections Department said on Twitter that State Law Enforcement Division agents responded just before midnight on Sunday to the situation at Lee Correctional Institution.

Some local media outlets reported the local coroner had been called to the scene.

The maximum-security facility houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, and is home to some of South Carolina’s most violent, longest-serving offenders.

In recent years, there have been several large-scale insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells.

Two officers were stabbed in a 2015 fight. One inmate killed another during a fight in February.

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