7 inmates dead and 17 injured after SC prison fight

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The prison is located in the Town of Bishopville in Lee County, and is a Level 3 facility, meaning it houses some of the most violent offenders in the SC prison system.

"How else are you going to die in prison?" The incident started at around 7:15 p.m., he said. He says others may have been beaten, but autopsies will be needed to confirm what caused their deaths. It is unclear what originally sparked the fights. She joined The Post in 2016 after seven years with the Arizona Republic. Officials say the institution was secured at 2:55 a.m. Monday morning.

In 1993, nine inmates and a corrections officer were killed in the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Lucasville, Ohio.

"If everybody has an uprising, you are always going to be understaffed", Logan said.

The maximum-security lockup in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders.

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Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told The Associated Press that he arrived to a chaotic scene of fights everywhere at Lee Correctional Institution.

Image: Some inmates had to be taken out of the facility for medical treatment.

Two officers were stabbed in a fight in 2015, and one inmate killed another in February.

Gov. Henry McMaster, meanwhile, expressed support for state prisons chief Bryan Stirling.

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