Seven Inmates Dead, 17 Injured in South Carolina Prison Fighting

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 16, 2018

A SC prison spokesman reported Monday morning that seven inmates are dead and 17 others were injured after a brawl broke out inside Lee Correctional Institution.

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded. It said that the incident played out over three housing units.

Taillon said multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. EMS crews from Florence County, Kershaw County, Lexington County and Hartsville also responded.

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The maximum-security facility houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders.

In recent years, there have been several large-scale insurrections, including one in which an inmate overpowered a guard and used his keys to free others from their cells.

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