At least seven dead after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONAuthorities are dealing with an incident in a prison in South Carolina

LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONAuthorities are dealing with an incident in a prison in South Carolina

Tuesday, Smith said a House investigative committee had been requested to investigate the state Corrections Department and conditions in the state's prisons.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that numerous prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks", Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said.

Seven inmates have died and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison in SC.

He said no officers were wounded. The pilot program was found to be successful, so it was expanded to offer scheduled overtime to more officers, the Department of Corrections said.


South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will provide an update to the Lee Correctional Institution incident with South Carolina Corrections and SLED officials at 1:30 PM at the SCDC headquarters in Columbia.

The prison was secured just before 3 a.m. on Monday.

The agency said the cameras could help in preventing inmate escapes and "other criminal or unauthorized activity within an institution". They're trying to say it's about contraband, it's not about contraband, it's about territory - it's about rival gang members going at each other.

In a separate staffing issue, SC prisons are still falling short when it comes to the treatment of inmates with mental illnesses. One inmate killed another in February this year.

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