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LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONAuthorities are dealing with an incident in a prison in South Carolina

LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONAuthorities are dealing with an incident in a prison in South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling reiterated their call for cell phone jamming to be allowed in prisons after a deadly riot that left seven inmates dead.

Sen. Karl Allen spoke on Monday about the incident and said rather than cell phones, the issues seem to stem from low morale among prison employees and inmates. The official cause of death will not be determined until after the autopsies.

An advocate for cell phone jammers being installed in SC prisons, Stirling has previously said that prisoner access to cell phones is no different than access to weapons.

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

Lee County Fire/Rescue said ambulances from multiple jurisdictions lined up outside to tend to the wounded.

The prison was secured just before 3 a.m. on Monday. The agency has also made efforts to reduce the amount of time an officer can expect to wait before receiving a pay raise, and has streamlined the job application associated with the work.

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Even with recent pay increases, the starting salary for a correctional officer at a maximum security prison such as Lee is $34,596, according to data provided by the state Department of Corrections.

"There's nothing here for us to do", the inmate said. They're trying to say it's about contraband, it's not about contraband, it's about territory - it's about rival gang members going at each other. One inmate killed another in February.

"We did everything we could to get quickly as possible,"Stirling said".

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