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In Wake of Inmate Deaths, Records Show South Carolina Prisons are Understaffed

18 April 2018, 12:39 | Rodolfo Quinn

At least seven people were killed after fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville S.C. late Sunday


Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution a year ago.

"Inmates, their safety should be guaranteed along with those that work there (at the prisons) and the public", he 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.

An inmate at Lee Correctional Institution gave several reasons why he believes violent incidents like Sunday's events which left seven dead and 17 more inmates injured occur.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded.

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That overtime initiative was being used at Lee on Sunday night, and extra officers were on hand as inmates were being counted before the violence started.

No officers or staff members were among those killed or harmed, the department added.

The agency said the cameras could help in preventing inmate escapes and "other criminal or unauthorized activity within an institution".

State Rep. James Smith of Richland - one of three Democrats running for governor in the June primary - said SC is at a "crisis point" and called on his colleagues in the Legislature to take action.

Stirling said an early investigation indicates that this week's violence at Lee is about "gangs fighting over territory".

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