Inmates Killed in South Carolina Prison Riot

BREAKING: 'INCIDENT' at MAXIMUM security prison in Bishopville, South Carolina

BREAKING: Authorities responding to situation at Lee Correctional Institution

The South Carolina Department of Corrections says seven inmates have died following an incident at Lee Correctional Institution.

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The facility was secured at 2:55 a.m. ET Monday. No police officers or prison employees were injured, the department said. The department added that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were assisting prison officials in its investigation. "The burden of this lies at the feet of the warden and the state of SC". In 2013, Michael McCall, then the warden at Lee, said it was the most risky prison in SC. The prison capacity is 1,272 according to the SCDC website.

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Three weeks ago, inmates overpowered a guard, holding him hostage and taking control of part of a dorm for about 90 minutes.

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On Monday, Lee County Fire and Rescue said it assisted with the "mass casualty incident" at the prison. The state capital is home to the Kirkland Correctional Institution, where four inmates were fatally strangled a year ago. It is in Bishopville, S.C., about 40 miles east of Columbia, the capital. An inmate was killed during a fight in July 2017, another was stabbed to death in November, and a third was killed in February.

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