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Inmates Killed, 17 More Injured, in South Carolina Prison Violence

17 April 2018

One of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons was secured early Monday after a "mass casualty incident" involving multiple inmates at several housing units, officials 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.

Authorities said in an incident beginning around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, inmates housed in multiple dorms at Lee Correctional were involved in a disturbance. No police officers or prison employees were injured, the department said. The prison was secure at 2:55 a.m.

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All prison staff and responding law enforcement were safe after the incident, the South Carolina Department of Corrections wrote. Aid was received from Florence County EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue.

State police were called to one of South Carolina's most unsafe prisons Sunday night.

Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told the Associated Press he arrived at the scene to find melees throughout much of the prison.

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Photo Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., is a maximum-security prison.

In February, one inmate fatally stabbed another.

The prison is about 50 miles east of Columbia.

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Inmates Killed, 17 More Injured, in South Carolina Prison Violence