Prison in Florence, SC, evacuated for Hurricane Florence

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    FLORENCE, S.C. (WCIV) — A minimum custody prison in Florence, S.C. evacuated 266 inmates in advance of Hurricane Florence.

    The South Carolina Department of Corrections confirms that Palmer Pre-Release Center, a level 1 minimum custody prison in Florence, was evacuated due to "security reasons," according to the department.

    The inmates assigned to Palmer were moved to Turbeville, which the department calls a more secure prison, located in Clarendon County.

    “The agency will continue to monitor this hurricane to determine if evacuating other prisons is necessary,” the department states. “The agency is in constant contact with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Due to security reasons, we do not announce advanced inmate movements.”

    Meanwhile, the Al Canon Detention Center in North Charleston is not planning to evacuate inmates despite Hurricane Florence looming off the North Carolina coast.

    The inmates will stay put, according to Roger Antonio with Charleston County Police Department.

    The detention center houses about 1,160 inmates.

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