October 4, 2017

Corrections officials regain control of McCormick prison dorm

10-4-17 South Carolina:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Authorities were still investigating Wednesday how several inmates got to the top of a dorm room at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Taillon told The Associated Press that a handful inmates climbed on top of a dorm at McCormick Correctional Institution, about 85 miles west of Columbia. According to Taillon, officials didn’t see the ascent as a serious escape attempt, because the inmates would have had to get through at least three fences topped with razor wire to get to freedom.

The Department of Corrections said on Twitter that the dorm had been secured as of 9 p.m. Wednesday night.

McCormick County Sheriff Clarke Starnes said no inmates have escaped Wednesday from McCormick Correctional Institution and no injuries have been reported so far. Starnes said firefighters were called, but have been asked to stay outside until it is safe. ..Source..

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