Seven killed in deadliest U.S. prison riot in 25 years

7 inmates killed, 17 others injured in South Carolina prison riot

7 inmates killed, 17 others injured in South Carolina prison riot

A police vehicle sits outside the Lee Correctional Institution on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Bishopville, South Carolina.

Logan said it appears most of the seven were killed by stabbing or slashing.

At Lee Correctional, an inmate held a guard hostage for 90 minutes in March and another killed a fellow prisoner in February.

The group's leaders called for the prison's warden, Aaron Joyner, to step down while the investigation was ongoing, for prison reform in SC, announced that they filed a Freedom of Information Act request for any and all videos that show the events that led up to the riots, and for those responsible for the stabbings to be convicted to the fullest extent of the law.

Prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon announced the grim outcome after State Law Enforcement Division agents helped secure Lee Correctional Institution around 3 a.m. Monday.

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.

Lee County Fire and Rescue says it assisted in a mass casualty situation at Lee Correctional, adding that other emergency crews from neighboring counties - including some that are roughly 40 miles away - also pitched in.

"There are prisons around the country - state prisons, federal prisons all - that would be safer with this jamming", he said.

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Raymond Scott, 28, who was serving a 20-year sentence for crimes including assault and battery.

He said he saw several attackers taunt a rival gang member who was badly injured.

"The [corrections officers] never even attempted to render aid, nor quell the disturbance", he said.

Few details were offered about what had actually happened inside the facility, which is maximum security and houses around 1,600 inmates, according to Department of Corrections records.

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

Meanwhile, inmate deaths are on the rise in South Carolina-they actually more than doubled between 2016 and 2017.

In 2015, two officers were stabbed in a fight.

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