Inmates killed with homemade knives and 17 others injured during seven hours of fighting in a maximum-security prison in BishopvilleSeven inmates in a maximum-security prison in South Carolina were brutally killed with homemade knives on Monday morning as wardens struggled for seven hours to bring mass fighting under control. The deaths occurred as a result of inmates fighting each other in numerous altercations, the prison service indicated. But the overwhelming problem is staff shortages and the consequent dire morale among officers. More than 600 staff positions are currently standing vacant in South Carolina – almost a third of the total correctional workforce. Last April in a separate South Carolina prison, Kirkland Correctional Institution, four inmates were strangled to death within a 30-minute period in a dorm that housed prisoners with mental illness.
Source: The Guardian April 16, 2018 11:56 UTC