Seven inmates in a maximum-security prison=107/17 in South Carolina=66,156were brutally killed with homemade knives on Monday morning as wardens struggled for seven hours to bring mass fighting under control.
With a further 17 inmates requiring medical treatment for the injuries in outside hospitals, the unrest at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopsville was the worst outbreak of fatal violence in the state in recent times. The killings bring the number of inmates murdered by fellow prisoners in South Carolina to 20 since January 2017, and marks an alarming increase in bloody incidents within the correctional system over the past five years.
Most of the victims appeared to have died as a result of stabbings or slashings with homemade knives, known as “shanks”. The weapons are ubiquitous within South Carolina’s 21 prisons. Knives=35,37 Prison=35,37