Seventeen more inmates were injured in the melee that is now being called the worst U.S. prison riot in 25 years. Experts say little things matter in the highly structured and confined world of prison. Sharpe also said there were 139 inmates in the dorm Friday. Mutual Aid was received from FlorenceCounty EMS, Kershaw County EMS, Darlington County EMS, Lexington County EMS and Hartsville Rescue. 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.
This post has been updated. That meant more staffers than usual were present, but the melee still went unchecked for hours, Bryan Stirling, South Carolina’s prison director, told a news conference. Department of Justice data. Bureau of Justice Statistics. But Stirling said the moves happened because staffing was better at Lee, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) away. The seven inmates who died were in prison for a range of violent crimes, from domestic violence to murder.