'Ongoing incident' reported at unsafe SC prison

'Ongoing incident' reported at unsafe SC prison

The incident at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., "involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units", the Department of Corrections said.

Around 8:30 p.m., more fracas erupted in two other dorms, Stirling said.

"We gathered as many people as we could, as quickly as we could and went in as soon as we thought it was safe for our staff", he said. No officers were injured during the melee. The prison has 1,583 inmates, according to its website.

No guards were wounded during these fights, the news of which is arriving with gruesome detail. "Which is not only risky inside our institutions but it's also unsafe outside of our institutions", Stirling said. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.

Local news station KWTX interviewed an inmate who reported that bodies of those who perished in the riot stacked on each other during the fighting and that officers in the prison during the unrest did not try to do anything to stop the fight. Stirling attributes the alarming trend to an increase of contraband items, such as cell phones, and under-staffing. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Lee County Fire and Rescue tweeted early Monday that it and several other EMS crews responded to a "mass casualty" situation.

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CPS has investigated Stone and her children's father several times for allegations of child abuse , the affidavit stated. She said she wasn't even sure what he was mad about. "I don't think I ever got the message across about how bad it was".

When the fights broke out, the facility was overstaffed compared to a normal day, according to Stirling.

The violence spread to three adjacent housing units, lasting several hours.

On Monday, Gov. Henry McMaster told the AP he had "complete confidence" in Stirling as the head of the Department of Corrections.

"If everybody has an uprising, you are always going to be understaffed", Logan said. "It's not a surprise when wer have violent events take place inside the prison, any prison in the country", McMaster said.

Seven inmates died during hours of rioting that began Sunday evening. He was serving a 45-year sentence for shooting a deputy in 2011. Officials say majority were stabbed or slashed; No officers were wounded, and the names of the dead haven't been released. The inmates held the officer for about 25 minutes before it was secured by law enforcement.

The overnight violence at Lee Correctional Institution was one of the deadliest at a U.S. prison in decades.

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