A spokesman for the state's prisons says seven inmates were killed and at least 17 others were seriously injured as inmates fought uninterrupted for more than seven hours.
In late March of this year, several inmates overpowered a correctional officer and held the officer hostage for nearly an hour and a half.
"I just saw three dead on the sidewalk outside of my unit".
The fighting was described as "multiple inmate-on-inmate altercations".
In February, one inmate killed another at the prison.
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"We know that prisons are places where people who have misbehaved on the outside go for rehabilitation, and also to take them from the general population", he said.
The riot was the latest violence in the SC prisons system, where at least 13 other inmates have been killed by fellow prisoners since the start of 2017 and was the most inmates slain in a single riot in the USA since nine prisoners and a guard died in 1993 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, said Steve Martin, a consultant who helps the federal government monitor prison systems. It began at around 7:15 p.m. Sunday.
It was the deadliest US prison riot since 1993, when nine inmates and one corrections officer died at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, said Steve Martin, a longtime prisons expert and now the federal monitor for the consent decree involving New York City's Rikers Island jail complex.
Michael Milledge, 44, who was serving 25 years for trafficking crack cocaine.
Raymond Scott, 28, who was serving 20 years for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
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The Lee Correctional Institution has been the scene of several violent incidents in recent years.
The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders.
"If everybody has an uprising, you are always going to be understaffed", Logan said. Four inmates were killed a year ago by a pair of prisoners at Kirkland Correctional Institution. In 2015, a riot was sparked when correctional officers attempted to remove a homemade weapon from a inmates cell.
"They are in prison because they've been judged as so risky they must be kept there", Gov. Henry McMaster said at a news conference on Monday.
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