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

18 April 2018

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will provide an update to the Lee Correctional Institution incident with South Carolina Corrections and SLED officials at 1:30 PM at the SCDC headquarters in Columbia.

7 inmates are dead and 17 inmates are being treated after an incident at Lee Correctional Institution in SC.

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. The official cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsies.

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Lee County EMS personnel are also responding, according to a source.

At least seven people are dead after fights broke out at a maximum security prison in SC, according to authorities. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution past year.

The prison was secured just before 3 a.m. on Monday.

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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.

The inmate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says that one of the reasons inmates enter into activities that lead to riots such as this is because inmates aren't given enough to do.

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