A recent prison riot at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina left seven inmates dead. Lee County Coroner, Larry Logan, said the dead prisoners were beaten, stabbed and slashed in the 7-hour riot. All the deceased inmates bled to death. Their bloodied dead bodies were stacked high in the prison yard.
Names & Causes of Death for SC Prison Riot Victims
The names of the seven prison inmates who lost their lives in the South Carolina prison riot are:
- Raymond Angelo Scott (38 years old)
- Michael Milledge (44 years old)
- Damonte Rivera (24 years old)
- Eddie Gaskin (32 years old)
- Joshua Jenkins (33 years old)
- Corey Scott (38 years old)
- Cornelius McClary (33 years old)
According to Coroner Logan, the exact causes of death for the seven deceased SC prison inmates are:
- Exsanguination (severe blood loss)
- Multiple sharp-force injuries
- Stabs and incised wounds
Violence erupted at Lee Correctional Institution around 7:15 pm on April 15 and lasted for more than seven hours. Seven inmates lost their lives and 22 others suffered various degrees of injuries.
Prison correctional officers were not able to regain control of the situation until about 2 am on April 16. With over 1,500 inmates housed at Lee Correctional Institution, state prison director Bryan Stirling, said officers were only able to intervene when enough resources was on hand to contain the uprising.
Image Gallery: Photos of Violent Incidents at SC’s Lee Correctional Institution
Prison Budget Cuts Contribute to Degraded Prison Facilities & Violence in South Carolina
There are various explanations for the prison riot. State officials say prison gangs started the uprising. Others say the inmates were fighting for better prison conditions.
Bryan Stirling blamed:
- Self-proclaimed superiority
- Battle for territory
- Contraband such as cellphones
…for the violence. Yet others say insufficient number of correctional officers contributed to the aggravated violence.
A reform of the criminal justice system to reduce mass incarceration led South Carolina to cut annual budget by several million dollars seems to be underway. The state saw a 14% reduction in imprisoned inmates in 2016, but the budget cut impacted negatively on prison populations.
Since taxpayers now pay very little for the prison system in the state, the facilities have become very deadly for inmates.
Authorities say the prison budget cuts have led to a reduction in rehabilitation and mental health programs for inmates. Reduced or eliminated amenities have also made some inmates become aggrieved and violent against other inmates and prison authorities.
SC Corrections may feel that cutting prison budgets is a good idea. However, no one wants to live at a facility with bloodied corpses stacked up on the yard. When budget cuts are so severe that dead bodies are collected like good dirt, there’s no way these cuts can be considered positive changes.
Graphic Images: Dead Bodies on the Yard of Lee Correctional Institution
The images below were captured by a cell phone on the prison yard at Lee Correctional in South Carolina. Please be advised, these are graphic images: