South Carolina's prisons among the deadliest in the US Bodies stacked in “macabre woodpile” in South Carolina prison riot, inmate says 7 inmates killed, 17 injured in riot at notorious South Carolina prison Inmate: 7 dead, bodies 'stacked on top of each other' in South Carolina prison riot 7 inmates dead, 17 injured after prison fight in South Carolina

South Carolina's prisons among the deadliest in the US

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty South Carolina prisoners have been killed at the hands of fellow inmates in the past 16 months. The staggering amount of violence, which includes the gang-fueled bloodshed that left seven prisoners dead and 22 injured this week at Lee Correctional Institution, has some legislators

At a news conference, Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said officers stormed in and took the first of three dorms back from rioting prisoners about four hours after the melee began. From 2001 to 2014, an average of 60 inmates died annually in state prisons across the country, according to the U.S. State officials Monday blamed the carnage on a turf war between gangs over territory, money and contraband items like cellphones.

The story was updated with staff reporting. One guy is still alive and breathing, but just barely," the inmate said. Four inmates were killed last year by a pair of prisoners at Kirkland Correctional Institution. The inmate told AP that he knew at least two of the slain men well. Monday.  Responding to questions about the hours it took to secure the facility, Stirling said corrections officers are trained to back out of the dorm and call for support during disturbances.

The coroner said when he arrived it was a chaotic scene of fighting everywhere. Prison staff called in reinforcements and did not move into the first unit until four hours after the fighting began, a delay that he said was necessary to ensure the guards’ safety. By Holly Yan and Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN Updated 2104 GMT (0504 HKT) April 16, 2018 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution.

Bodies stacked in “macabre woodpile” in South Carolina prison riot, inmate says

As the hours dragged on during a riot at a South Carolina prison, bodies piled up on the sidewalk. An inmate inside watched in dismay as several fellow prisoners, two he knew well, lay dead and dying, their bodies leaving trails of blood leading back inside the prison walls.

Prisoners killed in the South Carolina riot. The story was updated with additional details and reaction. The riot was the latest violence in the South Carolina prisons system, where at least 13 other inmates have been killed by fellow prisoners since the start of 2017. The 250 inmates taken to the hospital after assaults the past two years were nearly double the rate from the two years before, the newspaper reported.

Officials said they "gathered a force that is safe" before sending officers into a dorm, which each house about 250 inmates. The coroner said when he arrived it was a chaotic scene of fighting everywhere. The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina’s most violent and longest-serving offenders. A guard leaves the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, Lee County, South Carolina, U.S., April 16, 2018.

Last November, another dispute between two prisoners led to the stabbing death of inmate Larry Rainey. After the institution was back under control, it then took more time to get injured inmates to hospitals. An inmate stabbed two officers in 2015. The first fight started in a dorm about 7:15 p.m. Top row, from left: Corey Scott, Eddie Casey Gaskins, Raymond Angelo Scott and Damonte Rivera. The story was originally published at 4:10 a.m.

7 inmates killed, 17 injured in riot at notorious South Carolina prison

Seven inmates are dead and 17 more injured after an hours-long riot broke out late Sunday at a South Carolina maximum-security prison with a long track record of violence.

Chicago & Suburban Cook Co. The slain were serving anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and their crimes ranged from murder to burglary to trafficking crack cocaine. Stirling said they entered and secured the first dorm around 11:30, and the second dorm at 12:30 a.m. The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates and there were 44 guards there when the first fight started.

REUTERS/Randall Hill For months, South Carolina officials have said that prisoners used smuggled cellphones to manage crimes outside the prisons. JUST WATCHED Official: Prison fights were over territory Replay More Videos ... And last July, inmate Christian D. The prison is located 40 miles east of Columbia. "It shouldn't take five hours to get in there and put some water on these fires," said state Rep.

Sunday and appeared to be contained before suddenly starting in two other dorms. In the last decade it has become notorious for deadly fights, riots and hostage situations. "It's a tinder box," said J. Today's Headlines Newsletter Weekdays A digest of essential news, insight and analysis from L.A. They just sat in the control bubble, called the issue in, then sat on their collective asses." Stirling said the response teams entered as quickly as they safely could.

Inmate: 7 dead, bodies 'stacked on top of each other' in South Carolina prison riot

Two officers were stabbed there in 2015. By Nicole L. Governor Henry McMaster on Monday said he would renew his request to federal officials to allow him to block cell signals on prison property. Sunday in a dorm housing about 250 inmates. Ray died from injuries suffered during a fight . Justin Bamberg, a Democrat and lawyer whose clients include the families of several inmates who were attacked in previous instances.

No prison guards were hurt. Martin, a corrections consultant and attorney who works with the federal government to monitor prisons. Times editors. The inmate told AP that he knew at least two of the slain men well. Sorry, but the location you entered was not found. The injured inmates required medical attention outside the prison, which made it more difficult for authorities to restore order, Stirling said.

7 inmates dead, 17 injured after prison fight in South Carolina

A South Carolina prisons spokesman says seven inmates are dead and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison.

Response teams from across the state started heading toward the facility in Bishopville, Stirling said. CNN's Chuck Johnston, Carma Hassan and Lechelle Benken contributed to this report. Contraband cellphones and staffing shortages are often blamed for many of the department's woes. He said inmates there roam freely, have easy access to cellphones and drugs, and are often left to police themselves.

Only two guards were posted to each dorm unit, which contain about 250 inmates, he said. You are now following this newsletter. The slain were serving anywhere from 10 years to life in prison and their crimes ranged from murder to burglary to trafficking crack cocaine. The first fight started in a dorm about 7:15 p.m. The coroner said when he arrived it was a chaotic scene of fighting everywhere. One guy is still alive and breathing, but just barely," the inmate said.  Stirling confirmed that inmates put several others against a fence during the riot.

7 inmates killed as prisoners fight over money, territory

Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for about seven hours over territory and money, leaving seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century, officials said Monday. ...

The inmate spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity because his cellphone is illegal and he fears retribution from other prisoners. The prisoner who saw the riot exchanged messages with AP on the condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to have a cellphone and fears retribution from other inmates. An hour later they regained control of the second dorm, and by 2 a.m. they entered the last dorm.

They youngest was 28 years old while the oldest was 44. Sunday and appeared to be contained before suddenly starting in two other dorms. The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates and there were 44 guards there when the first fight started. "It's an incredibly bad day in South Carolina," said Sen. They don't have guns," Logan said by phone as he went to a hospital to finish identifying the dead.

Thanks for subscribing. Apps Newsletters Reuters Plus Advertising Guidelines Cookies Terms of Use Privacy All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. Read More By 11:30 p.m., "We entered the first dorm at Lee to take that dorm back," Stirling said. "We had enough people there to enter safely, and we took that dorm back." By 2 a.m. Africa Americas Asia China Europe Middle East Opinion U.S. Stirling - who served as then-Gov.

South Carolina prison riot was "all about territory," officials say

Prisoners armed with homemade knives rioted for more than seven hours​ inside the maximum-security facility, leaving seven inmates dead

Advertisement Be the first to comment Hide Comments Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by SolidOpinion. The injured inmates required medical attention outside the prison, which made it more difficult for authorities to restore order, Stirling said. No prison guards were hurt. Gerald Malloy, whose district includes Lee Correctional. "We failed. The injured inmates required medical attention outside the prison, which is located 40 miles east of Columbia.

By Sophia Bollag, Associated Press and Jonathan J. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. © 2018 Reuters. Monday, all dorms had been secured. International Confirm U.S. Nikki Haley's chief of staff before she appointed him to lead the prisons in 2013 - said his No. In the most recent incident, he told AP that officers stayed in a control booth for hours Sunday night, waiting for backup as inmates lay dying in pools of blood.

7 inmates dead, 17 injured in South Carolina prison fighting

It's the latest violence in a system where 12 inmates were killed by other prisoners last year and 250 prisoners were assaulted so severely in 2016 and 2017 they had to be treated in outside hospitals, according to public records obtained by a Charleston newspaper columnist.

That's it." Two officers were stabbed at Lee Correctional in 2015. The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that the deaths happened in multiple inmate-on-inmate fights in three housing units. South Carolina prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. By Lolita C. Updated April 16, 2018 4:55 p.m.

International Arabic Español © 2018 Cable News Network. He said the riot started Sunday night as a gang war over territory, money and illegal items such as cellphones. To get away from the fighting, the inmate said he stays in his cell. The youngest was 24 years old; the oldest was 44. And that for them, it's a matter of life or death." Stirling defended the staffing numbers at Lee Correctional, noting that 44 officers were on duty at the time the fights broke out.

Gang dispute sparks deadliest US prison riot in 25 years: official

A gang-related dispute sparked an overnight riot in a South Carolina prison that killed seven inmates, the deadliest U.S. prison riot since 1993, state officials and prison safety experts said on Monday.

Republican Debbie Lesko wins special U.S. Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured at a rural South Carolina prison in a series of fights that were fueled in part by contraband cellphones. Mutual Aid was received from FlorenceCounty EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue. Stirling has urged the Federal Communications Commission to allow the prison to block or jam cellphone signals to prevent inmates from using them.

The coroner described a chaotic scene upon his arrival, with inmates still fighting. Though the department lost about 150 officers a year from 2011 to 2016, Stirling said, it was up 100 officers last year and pay for top-level officers had gone up by nearly 25%. No prison guards were hurt. The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates and there were 44 guards there when the first fight started about 7:15 p.m.

South Carolina Deadly Prison Fight Sparked By Gangs, Contraband Cellphones

Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured at a rural South Carolina prison in a series of fights that were fueled in part by contraband cellphones.

A fence surrounds the Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, S.C. The riot was the latest violence in the South Carolina prisons system, where at least 13 other inmates have been killed by fellow prisoners since the start of 2017. Over the last year, at least three inmates at Lee Correctional have been killed in fights with other prisoners. Stirling said they followed protocol by backing out and asking for support.

He said he saw several attackers taunt a rival gang member who was badly injured. "I just saw three dead on the sidewalk outside of my unit. Four inmates were killed last year by a pair of prisoners at Kirkland Correctional Institution. Monday, the corrections department told CBS affiliate WLTX. Lee Correctional Institution was secured at 2:55 AM following an incident which started at 7:15 PM. NewsHour Productions LLC.

7 inmates killed in prison fights, possibly over contraband

Quarrels about turf and contraband apparently led to the deaths of seven inmates at a South Carolina prison, authorities say.

More recently, an inmate held a guard hostage for 90 minutes in March and another killed a fellow prisoner in February. One guy is still alive and breathing, but just barely," the inmate said. Reblog Share Tweet Share Recently Viewed Your list is empty. The inmate told AP that he knew at least two of the slain men well. SC Dept. All seven deaths were the result of stabbing injuries, said Lee County Coroner Larry Logan.

Lee Correctional Institution has a capacity of about 1,650 inmates. McMaster echoed Stirling's call for the ability to jam cellphones in prison but didn't propose any other substantive alternatives. "We do the best we can," the governor said. The inmate sent messages to AP as events unfolded overnight Sunday into Monday morning at Lee Correctional Institution. It’s an incredibly bad day in South Carolina,” he told AP. “We failed.

The prisoner who saw the riot exchanged messages with AP on the condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to have a cellphone and fears retribution from other inmates. The deaths at Lee are the most in any South Carolina prison in recent years. The riot was the latest violence in the South Carolina prisons system, where at least 13 other inmates have been killed by fellow prisoners since the start of 2017.