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Prison riot breaks out, requires outside assistance

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BISHOPVILLE, S.C. -- Officials have been called to respond to a riot at a prison in Lee County.

According to Sen. Karl Allen, a Democrat from Greenville who serves on the Senate Corrections Committee, the incident started around 6:45 p.m. at Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville.

Allen said the disturbance is confined to one unit that houses 100 inmates and all staff members are accounted for.

Inmates reportedly overpowered an officer and took control of one side of the dorm, holding the officer for nearly an hour and a half.

The officer was seen by medical staff and released home.

No damage was done to the dorm and no inmates were injured.

The incident remains under investigation.

The South Carolina Department of Correction website lists Lee Correctional as a "level three" security facility for men.


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