Seven killed during riot at SC prison

Seven killed during riot at SC prison

S.C. House Democrats Tuesday called for an investigation into the S.C. Department of Corrections after seven S.C. inmates died and 17 more were injured in a Sunday night riot at a maximum-security prison.

Stirling says access to cell phones allows inmates to continue criminal activities behind bars all across the country.

Though most of the autopsies have yet to be performed, it appears that numerous prisoners died from stabbing or slashing wounds from "shanks", Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution previous year.

Seven inmates have died and 17 others required outside medical attention after hours of fighting inside a maximum security prison in SC.

"These events are far too common", Smith said Tuesday.

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"There's nothing here for us to do", the inmate said.

Lee Correctional Institution has had inmate issues in the past.

Even with recent pay increases, the starting salary for a correctional officer at a maximum security prison such as Lee is $34,596, according to data provided by the state Department of Corrections.

In a press conference on Monday, Stirling said the altercation appeared to stem from gang-related conflict over territory, contraband and cell phones.

In a separate staffing issue, SC prisons are still falling short when it comes to the treatment of inmates with mental illnesses.

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