7 inmates killed; 17 injured after SC prison riot

7 inmates killed; 17 injured after SC prison riot

7 inmates killed; 17 injured after SC prison riot

At least seven inmates were killed and 17 injured when a prison melee broke out at a SC prison, officials said.

The violence spread to three adjacent housing units, lasting several hours.

Authorities at the level three maximum security prison say that the fight started around 7:15 but officers were not able to take control until 11:30. "One guy is still alive and breathing, but just barely", an inmate shared with the Associated Press. They indicated no staff members or officers were injured. Response teams reportedly weren't met with any resistance upon entering the dorms. SCDC says the prison was secured at 2:55am.

"A mass casualty incident inside a correctional facility is simply unacceptable", Rutherford tweeted. "Standard safety procedures, such as routine checks on inmates, happened less frequently, and there were fewer resources for rehabilitative programs which meant that inmates had less to do and there was an increase in general frustration".

"Rioting like this is a symptom our criminal justice system is broken and needs reform now", he said. Names have not been released. Logan said that the majority of the victims were stabbed to death, while others appeared to have been beaten.

Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters that jamming signals from contraband cellphones - already banned in prison but smuggled in by the thousands via visitors, errant guards, even delivered by drone - would "go a long way" in preventing future violence in prison.

"Even if they were paid exactly what they were hired to be paid, it's not enough", Dunn said.

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Stirling has been pressing for the technical power and administrative authority to block cellphone signals from the prison.

"The folks who are incarcerated are gonna continue their criminal ways behind bars, which is not only risky inside our institutions, but it's also unsafe outside our institutions", Stirling said.

Authorities confirmed that 7 inmates were killed in the riot, making it one of the deadliest incidents at a USA prison in recent years. One inmate died in a fight last July, and inmates have previously taken over parts of the prison and held hostages in 2012 and 2013.

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

The prison is about 50 miles east of Columbia.

State data show there were 37 serious inmate assaults on prison employees previous year, up from 21 in 2015.

In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.

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