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7 inmates killed as prisoners fight over money, territory

7 inmates killed as prisoners fight over money, territory

Corrections Department Director Bryan Stirling said of the prisoners at the press conference: "These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they're incarcerated". "For more than two hours, the warden allowed the inmates to kill and assault each other".

Deadly prison riots have been relatively rare in the United States, despite some notable exceptions. It took until 3 a.m. for authorities to restore order to the facility as the fights raged out of control for hours.

The state has about 5,000 prison employees in 22 institutions, but "security staff numbers continue to lag behind the authorized strength", it said, without giving numbers.

He says most of the inmates are affiliated with gangs and several attackers taunted a rival gang member who was hurt.

At 11:46 p.m. Sunday, SCDC confirmed on twitter that they, along with the State law Enforcement Division (SLED) were responding to an ongoing situation at the facility.

The state Department of Corrections also identified the inmates as Raymond Angelo Scott, Michael Milledge, Damonte Marquez Rivera, Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, Joshua Svwin Jenkins, Corey Scott, and Cornelius Quantral McClary.

Several inmates were stabbed or slashed with homemade knives, while the remainder appeared to have been beaten, Lee County Coroner Larry Logan told the Associated Press. "They just sat in the control bubble, called the issue in, then sat on their collective asses".

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"If everybody has an uprising, you are always going to be understaffed", Logan said.

The maximum-security facility in Bishopville houses about 1,500 inmates, some of South Carolina's most violent and longest-serving offenders.

"When high-security inmates start engaging each other and there aren't enough staff, it's hard to stop it", Martin said in a phone interview.

"People in this prison, many have violent records", McMaster said.

Stirling said the fight appeared to be contained before starting in two other dorms.

The Bishopville correctional institution has in fact seen the most number of deaths than any prison in SC in the recent years.