Seven killed in Lee Correctional riot identified

BREAKING: Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

At least seven dead after 'mass casualty incident' at South Carolina prison

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling reiterated their call for cell phone jamming to be allowed in prisons after a deadly riot that left seven inmates dead.

A pilot program authorized using scheduled overtime pay in five medium- and maximum-security prisons to cover staff shortages during officer shift changes "and at other critical times when inmates were moving about the institutions", the agency said. Response teams reportedly weren't met with any resistance upon entering the dorms.

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

Taillon said no officers were wounded after multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday.

State law enforcement is responding to a situation at Lee Correctional Institution Sunday night.

As of April 16 at midnight, the SCDC website accounts for 1,266 inmates at Lee Correctional Institution. "Until the industry starts taking this seriously, this is going to continue to happen". The 17 inmates injured during the incident are still being treated.

(State) BISHOPVILLE, S.C. Seven inmates were killed during fights that lasted more than seven hours at a SC prison Sunday night and into Monday morning, according to officials.

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