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7 Inmates Killed, 17 Injured After Fighting Breaks Out At South Carolina Prison
04-16-2018, 11:35 AM,
7 Inmates Killed, 17 Injured After Fighting Breaks Out At South Carolina Prison
7 Inmates Killed, 17 Injured After Fighting Breaks Out At South Carolina Prison

<p>Seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others seriously injured after fighting broke out between prisoners inside a maximum security prison in South Carolina, the fourth deadly incident at the facility in the past year.</p>

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<p>Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday. According to Taillon no officers were wounded <strong>after multiple inmate fights broke out at 7:15 p.m. Sunday</strong>. He said 17 of the injured required medical attention outside the prison.</p>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">The incident at Lee CI resulted in 17 inmates requiring outside medical attention and 7 inmates were killed.</p>— SC Dept. Corrections (@SCDCNews) <a href="">April 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
<script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The facility was secured at 2:55 a.m. ET Monday. No other details were given about what led to the fights.</p>

<p>The South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted that it involved multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations in three housing units.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Lee Correctional Institution was secured at 2:55 AM following an incident which started at 7:15 PM. The incident involved multiple inmate on inmate altercations in three housing units.</p>
— SC Dept. Corrections (@SCDCNews) <a href="">April 16, 2018</a></blockquote>
<script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded. The local coroner's office also responded.</p>

<p>According to AP, the maximum-security facility in Bishopville <strong>houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders. </strong>Two officers were stabbed there in a 2015 fight.</p>

<p>Last month, inmates reportedly overpowered an officer for more than an hour and took control of one side of a housing unit. In February, inmate Robert Odell Brown was killed by another inmate at Lee Correctional Institution.</p>

<p>Last November, another dispute between two prisoners led to the stabbing death of inmate Larry Rainey. And last July, inmate Christian D. Ray died from injuries suffered during a fight.</p>

<p>These deaths at Lee are the most in any South Carolina prison in recent years. Four inmates were killed by a pair of prisoners in the state's Kirkland Correctional Institution last year.</p>

<p>Unfortunately, such incidents are to be expected in a nation whose incarceration rate has exploded in the past 50 or so years...</p>

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<p>... which in turn has led to unprecedented overcrowding.</p>

<p>There is a loophole: those municipalities who have a few extra bitcoin lying around can buy their own prison. <a href="">Recall that in January </a>we noted that a former medium-security prison has come up for sale on Craigslist. The facility is located in Brush, Colorado with an asking price of <a href="">$1,200,000</a> or what at the time was just <a href="">88 bitcoins</a>.</p>

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