Sources: Haley Administration Covering Up Prison Riots

WORSENING, WIDESPREAD VIOLENCE IN S.C. PRISONS “MINIMIZED OR IGNORED” BY NIKKI HALEY’S CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT Multiple South Carolina correctional facilities have seen a dramatic uptick in inmate violence in recent months – although the administration of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has succeeded in keeping the extent of the outbursts out of…


Multiple South Carolina correctional facilities have seen a dramatic uptick in inmate violence in recent months – although the administration of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has succeeded in keeping the extent of the outbursts out of the news.

Earlier this month, the media picked up on a “disturbance” at Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville, S.C. (located in rural Dorchester County).  According to reports, “the incident was isolated to one dorm” and “three correctional officers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”

Our sources say these reports seriously understated the extent of the incident.

“There were several correctional officers transported to a local hospital, one of whom was air lifted out of the institution,” a source familiar with the incident tells FITS.  “The last time I checked, people do not get air lifted anywhere medically for non-serious injuries.”

Additionally, news reports failed to mention that numerous Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies and other state and local law enforcement assets had to be deployed at Lieber in order to maintain order.

Reports also failed to mention the dorm in question had been on “lock down” for the previous two years due to similar outbreaks of violence.

“The inmates housed in the dorm actually requested not  to be taken off of lock down as they knew this type of incident would occur, but the warden apparently said something to the effect of ‘they’re not animals, we can’t keep them in cages forever,'” our source reveals.

Lieber is a “Level 3” correctional institution.  It houses the state’s most violent offenders – including its Death Row population.

“Housing consists of single and double cells, and all perimeters are double-fenced with extensive electronic surveillance,” the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) website notes.  “Inmates at level 3 facilities are closely supervised and their activities and movement within the institution are highly restricted.”

Violence in South Carolina’s prisons is rampant, our sources say – and becoming more frequent.

In addition to the downplayed incident at Lieber, multiple sources have confirmed a recent incident at Wateree River Correctional Institution (WRCI) in Rembert, S.C. (located in Sumter County, S.C.).

According to our sources, “several thousand dollars worth of damage was done when an open dorm which was being used to house disciplinary inmates rioted.”

During the melee, a sergeant with the SCDC was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher before being pulled to safety by another supervisor.

“Inmates were literally pulling cinder blocks out of the walls and tore down at least one fence,” one source says.

In the wake of the riot, several dozen inmates were transferred from WRCI to the Broad River Correctional Institution – another “Level 3” facility.

“The whole situation should have never happened because, as they were on disciplinary status, they should have been in individual or two-man cells,” one source said.

Wateree River is a “Level 2” institution, although it houses violent offenders who have been convicted of crimes like murder and rape.


S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley tapped her former chief of staff Bryan Stirling to run the South Carolina prison system after her first choice – former judge Bill Byars – spent more time in the hospital than he did on the job.

Stirling’s selection was widely criticized by Democrats, who said it was part of an “alarming pattern (of Haley) appointing political staff to head a state agency where they have little experience or qualifications in the given field.”

In January 2014, the SCDC was the focus of a damning national expose detailing the alleged mistreatment of mentally ill inmates (a report published in the wake of a ruling by Columbia, S.C. circuit court judge Michael Baxley).

More recently, Stirling’s administration has come under fire for inmates recording rap videos using contraband cell phones.

“Phones are everywhere in the system even though they are contraband,” one source familiar with the prison system tells FITS.

Things are clearly getting out of hand inside South Carolina’s prisons … making them not unlike the rest of state government that falls under Haley’s purview.

In her first term, Haley has been forced to accept the resignations of Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Workforce, Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue, Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation and most recently Lillian Koller at the S.C. Department of Social Services.  Another Haley appointee – Caroline Rhodes at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) – was forced out after she lied in an effort to help cover up Haley’s infamous betrayal of South Carolina’s ports.

And Haley also should have fired Kela Thomas at the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS), but Thomas has somehow managed to keep her job despite a damning audit of her agency.

State lawmakers – most notably S.C. Sen. Mike Fair (whose committee has oversight of the state’s prison system) – need to get off their butts and investigate these riots immediately.

Prisons are a core function of government, and South Carolina taxpayers shell out tens of millions of dollars each year to ensure they are operated safely, efficiently and humanely.  That’s clearly not happening – and the state’s failure is now jeopardizing our safety.

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Nölff July 29, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Cover it up. It’s time for re-election.

edr July 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Does anybody know the identity of dead body found in
red bank last week????

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Reed my blog. It’s on there.

Karolyn July 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Who would READ the blog of somebody who cannot spell and uses the kind of language you do?

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 4:08 pm

No wonder your blog stinks.

Point July 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm

It’s not really GT, it’s someone doing a damn fine job of making him look even more stupid than he actually is(and I didn’t think that was possible).

Dave Chappelle July 30, 2014 at 10:14 am

If only you had also said…”It’s on their.” Or..”It’s on they’re”

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

How could she? My life would be so wonderful if I knew about prisoners rioting. Thank you FITS for informing me of this much-needed to be reported, important secret.

It will really change my life to find out there are riots, and she covered it up. It is such an essential piece of information. You are a PEACH for telling us…

WhoTF cares: DUMB@$$!!!!…you are one desperate MoFo…

Nölff July 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

One day you’ll snap and end up there. So it is kind of important.

Smirks July 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Hell, look at how many prisoners get phones snuck in so they can post on Facebook. GT could very well be one of those imprisoned mentally ill people, typing away furiously at a contraband phone to spam the comments section of this place with links to his blog.

Gulp July 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

His Emily Peterkin persona probably gets a lot of hits in the big house.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Cell Block F, Unit U, upper bunk…..

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 3:01 pm

If I were in there I would suck so many d#cks and take so many up the @$$ it would set a prison record. I would go crazy with so many mens to chose from. I would be every man’s little cum bucket.

Shut the hell up July 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

You forgot to plug that shithole blogspot or pantyspot, whatever it is. And what the hell is a MOFO Lawrence?

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Its the guy who f#cks your mother, MOFO.

Cool mofo July 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

just so you keep her off my ass i’ll pay you. She is 75 so that’s right up your alley.

Karolyn July 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Every report of problems under Haley is another nail in her gubernatorial coffin! Bring ’em on!

CNSYD July 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Haley is clearly culpable in regard to St. Onge. She forced copious amounts of alcohol down his throat and then told to get in his car and drive.

Columbia Insider July 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

Once again, you put the “Dumbass” in Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young & Dumbass. The point of having a cabinet system of governance is to hold the governor accountable for her appointees’ actions. Dumbass.

CNSYD July 29, 2014 at 4:14 pm

So Haley was charged with DUI? Hadn’t heard that.

Haley has lots to account for but this is even over the top for a sore loser like Sic Willie.

Sandi Morals July 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I agree She certainly is not perfect.
Follow the money trail of her opponents however and it becomes clear they apparently share the same values and agenda as the Democrat Party.

Fed Up Republican July 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

She is certainly Far, far from even somewhat ok, sometimes, every once in a while, occasionally!

Sandi Morals July 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

“thestate”newspaper stands behind the article stating Tom Ervin’s wife , attorney Kathryn Williams , gave Sheheen $4500 and the SC Democrat Party $50,000 in 2010.
In my opinion they are a “team”, kinda like Bill and Hillary. Apparently she is using Tom to try and elect democrat Sheheen as governor to help Obama , Pelosi and Reid.
Follow the money gang. 2% Tommy may just elect Sheheen.

Your breath smells like shit July 29, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Care for a tic-tac?

Sandi Morals July 29, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Truth hurts?

Nope July 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

No, your breath smells.

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 10:58 pm

No thanks. They take the cum taste out of my mouth.

nitrat July 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

That’s worked out real well, hasn’t it?
When Brad Warthen, Cindi Scoppe and the editorial board of The State admit they made as gigantic mistake pushing the cabinet as Scoope this made this week by admitting the ‘judgment’ mistake she/they made endorsing Zais, I will have some hope.
But, since they haven’t admitted the mistake they made on Steve Benjamin, I won’t hold my breath.
Plus, Warthen will NEVER admit to making a mistake on anything.

Debra Gaines July 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Does this surprise anyone Haley covered up the data breach for weeks, then DSS and now this she will do anything to get re-elected including lying and covering it up. Cant wait for November to give her the pink slip if unemployment.

SCBlues July 29, 2014 at 6:40 pm

And from what I’ve seen of our Dear Governess I hope that she stays covered up!

Big Deal July 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

As long as they didn’t get out what’s the problem? Nothing some tear gas and some rubber bullets can’t stop.

m fair July 29, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Want to know how much power the Corrections and Penal comittee has? jackcrap.

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

So many hot, horny penises in one place. No wonder they call it a penal institution.

The Colonel July 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Let’s just issue every prisoner in the whole dorm a baseball bat with a couple of nails driven through it and let them go at it – the winners get to live, until the next time. You could film it for Pay Per View and repave every road in the state with the proceeds.
If you are someone who has a relative in prison or are a prisoner’s rights activist, I am doing what is known as being sarcastic – I don’t really think we should give prisoners baseball bats with nails driven through them (the baseball bat will probably be enough…)

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm

The US could use a’ Devil’s Island’ island. This is workable. I am willing to provide complete details for a not unreasonable fee.

easterndumbfuckastan July 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Georgia and South Carolina should build a joint facility on St. Catherines Island island off the Georgia Coast. It’s 10 miles long and about 3 miles wide. Currently it’s uninhabited and part of the Golden Isles of Georgia. It’s isolated and swampy.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Interesting – I’ll look into it. What about the idea of a separate institution for convicted elected politicians? Personally, I think they should be kept away from the usual population.

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Why’s that, Shifty? Are you afraid they will corrupt the regular population even more than they already are? That might be something to consider!

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Perhaps an independent review panel could establish a study group to determine the influence of politicians mixing with the general population.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Turn George McMaster loose in the general population — THAT’S a RIOT..!!

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 5:19 pm
shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:06 pm

“The island is involved with the conservation of the ring-tailed lemur. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1969”
Found it on Wiki — it seems too important to be designated a prison facility. Although the reference to the ring-tailed lemurs, who are infamous for throwing their own shit at folks, is appropriate for the politicians.

Primates like bananas July 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

The ring tailed lemur being a primate, perhaps it suggests a solution to the riot problems on the island..we simply throw bananas in the prison to quell the population.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

The bananas should not be too green, or they could be used as sexual devices. Perhaps if the peels were removed, or maybe just give them banana pudding.

Primates like bananas July 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I hear these particular primates also enjoy watermelon, maybe a banana watermelon pudding?

Although, I seem to remember that Fleece Johnson likes to use pudding type concoctions to make it not so difficult brown. (props to Sinead O’Conner)

easterndumbfuckastan July 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

We could make that the politician prison. The lemurs might teach them some manners.

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

When I was stationed in Germany, I went to the
Tierpark Hellabrunn. They had a lemur there in a cage.

shifty henry July 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

That’s very sad….

Soft Sigh from Hell July 30, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Look into the eyes of a great ape in a zoo.
I go away feeling just the same.

The Colonel July 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Politicians don’t get a bat.

The Colonel July 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

They do however get nails – one in each foot driven firmly into the floor…

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

calling……. Strother Martin..!!

The Colonel July 29, 2014 at 4:45 pm

“What we need heah is failure to communicate. Some men you just shouldn’t bother to reach. So you get what we had here this week, which is the way we want it. Well, you get it. I don’t like it any more than you men. I want all them cell phones turned in right heah and now”

sparklecity July 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Believe it or not but back during my last rote to the “Big Sandy” in 2005 I took my personal DVD of “Cool Hand Luke” with me.

Hardly any of the airmen had seen it and even less knew knew about it but it became the most watched DVD in the common area of our tent (we had a ratty piece-of-shit couch and some fold-up chairs and God only knows where the TV and DVD player came from – we had to used “canned air” to blow out the optics of the DVD player almost daily).

I’ll never forget some females stopping by and remarking: “That is the only time I’ve seen you SOB’s keep your mouth shut for the entire flick”

“Mission complete”

The Colonel July 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Cool Hand Luke is a classic. I watched it on my last trip through the desert.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm

A windowless room, an unpadded chair, a forty watt bulb, a riding crop — that’ll work.

euwe max July 29, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Yellow Beard?

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 12:56 am

My name is Captain Hughes.
These are my officers,

Lieutenant Martin, who is responsible for discipline…

Lieutenant Crisp, who is responsible for discipline…

Mr. Prostitute, who is responsible for…


Mr. Prostitute, who is responsible for…


Mr. Prostitute, who is responsible for…


Nail that man’s foot to the deck.
– Aye, sir.


No, I… It’s all right. No. I was just joking.
I was just having a…
Here, hang on. Hey, wait a minute.


The Colonel July 30, 2014 at 1:25 am


euwe max July 30, 2014 at 12:49 am

I’ve often thought that convicted politicians should be subjected to extraordinary rendition… their fat used for making soap.

Soft Sigh from Hell July 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Navassa, far off Haiti. We already own it. Rife with goats, for feasting and . . . entertainment shall we say.

Primates like bananas July 29, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Italy had Sicily.(though proximity ended up hurting them in the end)

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

OK, this is one I could really like. Great location, threats of voodoo curses and tropical storms. Patrolled 24/7 by US Destroyer (occasional firing practice on the beaches) — I’m loving the possibilities..!!

The Colonel July 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

You didn’t need to go there and the truly sad thing is I knew where you went.

easterndumbfuckastan July 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

That would work, hell send them all to GitMo and if they escape they are Castro’s* problem.

*Which ever of them is running the country now.

TontoBubbaGoldstein July 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

A very respected Captain in the Foreign Legion was transferred to a remote desert outpost. On his orientation tour he noticed a very old seedy looking camel tied out behind the enlisted men’s barracks. He asked the Sergeant leading the tour, “Why is a camel tied to the barracks?” The Sergeant replied, “Well sir, it’s a long way from anywhere, and the men have natural sexual urges, so when they do … uh … we have the camel ready for them.”

The Captain said, “Well, I suppose if it’s good for morale, then I guess it’A Captain in the foreign legion was transferred to a desert outpost. On his orientation tour he noticed a very old, seedy looking camel tied out back of the enlisted men’s barracks. He asked the Sergeant leading the tour, “What’s the camel for?”
The Sergeant replied, “Well sir it’s a long way from anywhere, and the men have natural sexual urges, so when they do, uh, we have the camel.”

The captain said, “Well if it’s good for morale, then I guess it’s all right with me.”

After he had been at the fort for about 6 months the captain could not stand it any more so he told his Sergeant, “BRING IN THE CAMEL!!!”

The sarge shrugged his shoulders and led the camel into the captain’s quarters. The captain got a footstool and proceeded to have vigorous sex with the camel. As he stepped, satisfied, down from the stool, and was buttoning his pants he asked the Sergeant, “Is that how the enlisted men do it?”

The Sergeant replied, “Well sir, they usually just use it to ride to town and pick up women…” s all right with me”. After he had been stationed at the fort for six long, lonely months, the Captain simply couldn’t control his sexual angst any longer. He barked to his Sergeant: “BRING THE CAMEL INTO MY TENT!”

The Sergeant shrugged his shoulders, looked at the other men, and lead the camel into the Captain’s quarters. Within a few minutes, the Captain emerged from his tent, fastening his trousers, almost beaming with pride.

“So, Sergeant, is that how the enlisted men do it?” he asked.
The Sergeant replied, “Well, sir, usually they just use it to ride into town.”

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

HAW! HAW! HAW! —- Tonto, ya’ got a little too excited posting that one… heh, heh, heh

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 12:45 am

Told like a drunken Sergeant to a bunch of d… *hic* drunken enlisted m… *hic* dru.. *hic*. drunken enlisted men… *hic*

:) July 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

lol…yep, his “O” face was showing and he somehow stutter typed.

shifty henry July 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

‘stutter typed’ — good one!

TontoBubbaGoldstein July 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Oops. Cut and paste fail on TBG’s part.

TBG CAN cutting and pasting.

shifty henry July 30, 2014 at 1:15 am

(1) – A sweet young thing calls the prison warden, “My
boyfriend Louie gets out of solitary tomorrow morning. I
wrote him a letter telling him I was coming up to see him in the afternoon as a surprise.”

“If you told him you were coming, where does the surprise
come in?”

“He doesn’t know I can write.”

(2) — A felon was convicted and sent away to the state penitentiary. His wife came to see him. As they talked, she remembered something and said, “Oh, honey, I just had to tell you — I’m not frigid anymore.

(3) — A lovely girl is filing a complaint against
her boyfriend. “He made violent love to me after he won my heart completely,” she tells the police officer. “I thought at last I’d had found the one thing every woman dreams of. I gave
him my all. My life, my love, my money, my soul. He took everything. And then drove off, leaving me alone with bitter memories.”

“The cad!” exclaims the officer.

“No, he took the Chevy.”

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

You just had to add adjectives and punctuation, didn’t you?

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 12:42 am

Did they have hot air balloons, helicopters, submarines and airplanes then?

shifty henry July 30, 2014 at 1:25 am

They can have a Beechcraft T-34B Mentor (used) —- if they can find it.

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 5:33 am

A piston-engine plane older than dirt, with wing issues that have grounded it world-wide… should be provided to all prisons as an escape plane.


CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Covering up and lying about incidents in SCDC is an old and “proud” tradition, there. When I was working at one notorious facility, which no longer exists, we had officers going each shift to guard an inmate at Baptist hospital who was dying with AIDS.

At the same time, the department’s paid liar (I forget his name) was on the news frequently telling the public that there were no diagnosed cases of HIV in SCDC, yet.

When the man died (in the days before HIPPA), someone at my facility dropped a dime to local news agencies, giving them the name and room number of the deceased inmate so the news agencies could check it out for themselves. Suddenly, the paid liar was having to respond to reports in the news of an inmate death due to AIDS.

vicupstate July 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I don’t know what period you are speaking of, but when I worked there in the late ’80’s and early ’90’s, there was no effort to ‘hid’ the fact that some inmates had HIV.

SCDC is not the place for an amateur. A significant riot or death could rightfully be blamed on the Governor making an inappropriate choice.

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm

No argument on your last sentence and point, Vic! By the time you were there, the presence of HIV and AIDS in SCDC facilities was well-known, given a boost by the phone calls made the night that the first guy died.

This was mid-eighties that I am speaking of. The nursing staff in our Infirmary were wonderful on my shift. According to their orders, for whatever stupid reason, they were not supposed to divulge the names of the HIV inmates to the security employees. This was a huge officer safety issue in that we might on any given day be involved in a fight with someone who was HIV+ or be exposed to blood or body fluids of someone who was. The nurses stuck their necks out and shared this vital info with us. There was all the apprehension and uncertainty about this “new” disease and how contagious it might or might not be as there would be if we were dealing with Ebola here at home, now.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 3:42 pm

CiC — glad you are still with us..!!

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Thanks, Shifty!

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I forgive you for being a screw.

Todd July 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Damn dude that sounds like a nightmare.

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I could be at times. I was fortunate to work with some great people on my shift. We kept caution regarding exposure in the back of our minds but it was not all-consuming in our day-to-day routines.

Tazmaniac July 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I think I could win the Carolina 5 lottery before I could believe a typically leftist Media would provide cover for a “Governor-R” in ANY state. BTW, I don’t mind the Press holding a politician’s feet to the fire, it is when only one side is treated that way that I get disgusted.

Obama Is Insane July 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Matters like this are of public interest and public security. Government has no right to keep a lid on it. The details of this riot are shocking … Correction officer having to be airlifted to a hospital? Now that is serious.

Funny Sic one July 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

I always laugh when you use the terminology along the lines that Nikki “tapped” someone…I’m pretty sure it’s intentional,no?

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 12:40 am

wouldn’t she be the tappee?

Funny Sic one July 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

Not necessarily, she’s got a cuckold for a husband and my money says she likes wearing strap on’s.

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

Well… that’s…kind of… rude

Obama Is Insane July 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

I guess this story and more will now cause both SCDC and the Dept of Probation and Parole to be turned inside out. Its long overdue it seems. Lots of heads in government must roll or it will only get worst.

shifty henry July 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Right now I’m thinking an even swap with the employees at Probation, etc….. no credit for time served.

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

A sad fact FITS is ignoring. All the current events will doom Sheheen’s chances: Bikeweek and Gay intimidation by the courts just make Sheheen less electable.

While yall are getting off, Haley becomes more likely to win. Togh break..

Read all about it: Celebrate now, but Democrat base issues, harm their electoral chances. Especially in SC:

Obama Is Insane July 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

You need to get a life.

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

You’re over here believing every little sweet nothing, FITS slides up your anus. And you’re telling me to get a life: Hahahaha…now that’s art right there. Art I tell ya.

GT Is A Loser July 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Loser. Get life, dude! Sheeshus!

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

So creative. Best and Brightest, Um huh.

GT Is A Stalker July 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

This website is his like. He is a STALKER!

No ass play for GT July 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

What gay man is intimidating you GT? How exactly is he doing it? Is his penis too large for your delicate bottom?

Elfego July 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

This has been going on for over 20 years and is nothing new!

Philip Branton July 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Covering up RIOTS……?

Well….how about “retreats”…

…..we wonder if Mr. Folks will get Ravenel a re-treat invite..?

anon. July 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Before being laid off from Abraham Turner’s failed SCDEW, I would always know when there was a riot at the nearby prison. Five or six guards would come in looking for new jobs the next day. “It’s a great day in South Carolina!”

Sees Through BS July 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

They are not smart enough to use the internet or website? Me thinks you are a liar.

nitrat July 30, 2014 at 8:42 am

Methinks you are ignorant of how poorly prison guards are paid and where prisons are located. The guards may not be able to afford internet access and the closest library may be 20+ miles away.
It’s probably smarter to go to SCDEW – I liked it so much better when it was Job Service; why do these GOPer governors have to rename everything? – and access everything at once. Some companies list only with SCDEW because they want them to do the screening.

BRIGHT July 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Grand Tango should be charged with criminal “stalking.” The psychotic is a strange one. Very strange, indeed.

Guido Sarducci July 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm

If I read the article correctly it states that numerous deputy sheriffs and local law enforcement officers were sent in to quell the trouble. Point of order here: They have no jurisdiction inside state prisons, or for that matter, any other state institution.

CorruptionInColumbia July 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm

IF they are requested by state officials in charge of the facility, then they do.

Thomas July 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm

Pontius Pilate ran his prisons more humanely than Gov Haley and Sen Fair. They both are P’sOS! Look, try a person twice in two different courts for murder. Two guilty verdicts or a written confession and one guilty verdict deserves the guillotine. That will solve our murder rate and overcrowding.

euwe max July 29, 2014 at 6:36 pm

porn should be made available to prisoners… and muscle relaxants.

easterndumbfuckastan July 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

and morphine lots of morphine.

GrandTango July 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm

and cum. Lots and lots of cum. If I were in prison I would be scared to death that I wouldn’t get enough cum to live off of.

euwe max July 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

Not morphine – it has the undesirable side-effect of nausea, and zofran is expensive. Maybe opium or fentanyl.

shifty henry July 30, 2014 at 2:13 am

A writer from “Better Homes and Gardens” goes to a maximum security prison to interview Horace Schmeely, an inmate who is reported to be an amazing landscape gardener. As Horace shows the interviewer around the grounds, she is flabbergasted. Everything is immaculate. The flowers are beautiful, the grass is perfectly manicured, and the trees are expertly pruned. And his running commentary on each shrub and bush is equally impressive. She can’t believe it. Here’s this guy in a maximum security prison, and he’s probably the most talented gardener and landscape designer she’s ever me, with an inexhaustible knowledge of every aspect of gardening.

At the end of the tour, she says to Horace, “I am enormously impressed with your work. Not only am I going to write a feature article about you and your work, but I’m going to petition the Governor to have you released from here, so you can get a good job on the outside. Your considerable talents shouldn’t go to waste.”

She turns and walks away. When she gets about twenty feet away from him, a huge brick hits her between her shoulder blades and Horace yells, “You won’t forget about me, will you?”

Soft Sigh from Hell July 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Opium poppies grow fine here. Ahem . . . or so I am told.

WW July 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm

No,no not from the transparency Governor!
Ohaley, just like Obama has the most open, honest and transparent administration ever!
I just typed the biggest lie ever typed, on any site, anywhere ever!!!
Give Haley the door, the EXIT door, on election day!

Peter O. July 29, 2014 at 7:03 pm

The quotes from this “source” are nearly word-for-word taken from the Charleston Thug Life blog.

easterndumbfuckastan July 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Most likely the same source from inside the system. There are very few outlets that would publish this, CTL is one, Fits is another, and maybe The Charleston City Paper. The source probably sent the same email to all of them.

Peter O. July 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

Maybe. Except CTL published the article nearly a month ago.

Todd July 29, 2014 at 7:11 pm

I want to join Nikki Haley’s staff and get paid to drink and do blow all day.

Larry Bishop July 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Haley loves to make those public appearances and wave to the small crowds she draws of idiots that support her but in the background this lady is a ruthless liar who will do anything to stay in office and plan her next job. Haley should never have been elected but the idiot voters here put her in office. Travel to any state office and the state employees are tired, miserable and forced to say that stupid ass greeting on their phones. I will not repeat it here. We need a change in this state in November Haley has to be voted out.

Bumpkin July 30, 2014 at 1:04 am

A former inmate at one of the state’s largest prisons for 22 years told me that the warden typically obtained high-priced, top-quality steaks via the prison’s purchasing system wherein the supplier falsified invoices at his direction.

Deliveries to the prison were made on Fridays and the warden took the steaks home with him that day.

High-ranking prison officers reporting to the warden were also given steaks to shut them up.

Prisoners naturally got beans and franks.

The OIG should investigate this untold waste, fraud and abuse under the nose of our governor.

Soft Sigh from Hell July 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm

In a state with the climate of SC there is no excuse for a prison system not producing three-quarters of the food it consumes. And thus also providing good healthy work for nonviolent prisoners.

Bobby Harrell Is Fucked Up July 30, 2014 at 8:03 am

Same old shit, different day. Same old corrupt and lawless SC Government, different day. What are be suppose to do about it? Vote? Vote for more people who will cover things up and lie? So on another note, which SC Prison will Bobby Harrell be housed at? I hope I am on the jury, because I think he needs to serve LIFE behind bars!

Pickens July 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

As Mel Brooks has one character in “Blazing Saddles” say, “These are Americans — solid, patriotic, the salt of the earth — you know, morons.”

nitrat July 30, 2014 at 8:19 am

We haven’t had a professional penologist heading this agency since the Hodges administration, right? Or, was it Beasley?
12 years of the Sanford/Haley administration and their purely political lawyer hacks ‘running’ Corrections (into the ground), what can you expect?
A well functioning cabinet system depends on electing a governor with some sense and ethics. We don’t have a good track record of doing that.

Ken C July 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

If this story makes the news at all it will be weeks. The Department of Corrections employees have been threatened with termination if they speak to anyone from the media about what is going on by their supervisors. Haley rules by intimidation ans her word is the bible according to her appointees.

Obama Is Criminally Insane July 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm

South Carolina is more fucked up today than it was 20 years ago.

Vote Haley out July 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I cant believe she put this moron in charge of corrections….wait yes I can its Haley.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Officials are looking for a person they say
helped try to use a drone to sneak cellphones, marijuana and other
contraband into a maximum-security prison in South Carolina.

Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said Wednesday that officials
found a crashed drone in bushes outside Lee Correctional Institution in
Bishopville. At the site, Givens says officers on April 21 also found
the cellphones, marijuana and tobacco products.

One man has been
arrested and charged with trying to give contraband materials to
inmates, and authorities are looking for a second suspect.

Givens says this is the first time officials know of a drone being used to smuggle banned items into a South Carolina prison.

gm5425 December 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

There are tried and proven methods for operating a safe and secure prison. It doesn’t appear South Carolina is utilizing those practices. Insufficient staffing levels and inmate overcrowding never produce a positive outcome. Additional staff and higher pay to attract good candidates for employment and up-to-date security features don’t come cheap, but in the long wrong, the cost would be less than the costs for repairs after a major riot, not to mention the lawsuits from inmates and staff due to the state not providing a safe environment. South Carolina has two prison experts from another state living here, they should be hired as consultants to bring the state’s prison system into the 21st century. Of course, it’s easy to play fast and loose with the safety of staff and the general public from your desk in the Governor’s office.

just saying February 26, 2015 at 7:17 pm

There’s always going to be issues at the prison from the top starting with the judges ,lawyers, and prosecutor to ppl like Haley justice system is unfair when i see ppl with money can get probation and the oe unable to pay can get double digits but we as tax payers pay for this


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