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7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

7 killed, 17 treated after 'mass casualty incident' at SC prison

An inmate at Lee Correctional Institution gave several reasons why he believes violent incidents like Sunday's events which left seven dead and 17 more inmates injured occur.

The Department of Corrections said that all corrections and law enforcement officers are safe and that the fights were over by 3 a.m. Monday.

"Inmates, their safety should be guaranteed along with those that work there (at the prisons) and the public", he said.

The incident started at 7:15 p.m. ET Sunday and involved "multiple inmate altercations in three housing units", Taillon said.

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




The inmates who were killed during an incident at Lee Correctional Institution have been identified as RAYMOND ANGELO SCOTT, MICHAEL MILLEDGE, DAMONTE MARQUEZ RIVERA, EDDIE CASEY JAY GASKINS, JOSHUA SVWIN JENKINS, COREY SCOTT, CORNELIUS QUANTRAL MCCLARY. Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.

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

An advocate for cell phone jammers being installed in SC prisons, Stirling has previously said that prisoner access to cell phones is no different than access to weapons.

Tuesday, Smith said a House investigative committee had been requested to investigate the state Corrections Department and conditions in the state's prisons.


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