Seven inmates killed in SC prison violence

A sign in front of the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville South Carolina is seen in this image from Google Maps

A SC prison spokesman reported Monday morning that seven inmates are dead and 17 others were injured after a brawl broke out inside Lee Correctional Institution.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the deaths after state police helped secure Lee Correctional Institution in the early hours of Monday.

All prison staff and law enforcement were safe and accounted for the, Corrections Department said on Twitter. No details yet on what set off the fight, only that "multiple inmate on inmate altercations" broke out in three housing units about 7:15pm Sunday, per a tweet from the state Department of Corrections.


The maximum-security facility houses about 1,500 inmates in Bishopville, about 55 miles from Columbia, and is home to some of South Carolina's most violent, longest-serving offenders.

In late March, prisoners briefly held an officer hostage after they took control of part of a dorm, The State reported. One inmate killed another in February this year.

In 2015, two officers were stabbed in a fight.

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