At least seven people were killed after fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., late Sunday.
At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in SC, according to the state's corrections department. Officers were unable to stop the fighting and secure the prison until around 2:55 a.m. on Monday.
State officials have pledged for years to make South Carolina's prisons, particularly Lee Correctional Institution, safer after a series of deadly fights. The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation.
In February, an inmate was killed by another inmate in a fight.
Few details were offered about what had actually happened inside the facility, which is maximum security and houses around 1,600 inmates, according to Department of Corrections records.
In March, inmates held a prison officer hostage for around one hour and 25 minutes while they took control of part of their dormitory.
Check back for updates on this developing story.
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