Inmates Killed, 17 Injured in South Carolina Prison Riot

Sergio Conner
April 16, 2018

Deadly prison riots have been relatively rare in the United States, despite some notable exceptions.

The fights began at 7:15 p.m. Sunday; the facility wasn't secured until 2:55 a.m. on Monday, prison officials say.

They say the incident resulted in 17 inmates requiring outside medical attention and seven inmates were killed.

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

Gov. Henry McMaster's spokesman Brian Symmes tells The Associated Press on Monday that the governor has "complete confidence" in director Bryan Stirling's ability to lead the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

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Lee County Fire & Rescue says multiple agencies were called into assist with the "mass-casualty incident" at the prison.

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the number of inmates held in state prisons has declined in recent years after peaking almost a decade ago. The local coroner's office also responded.

An hours-long prison brawl in SC has left seven inmates dead, reports WRDW.

The maximum-security lockup in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. The facility has seen multiple insurrections previously, including less than a month ago when three inmates took an officer hostage briefly and assumed control of part of a dorm, per the newspaper.

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