Breaking: “Incident” At Lee Correctional Institute

LAW ENFORCEMENT DISPATCHED TO PALMETTO STATE PRISON || By FITSNEWS ||  Dozens of law enforcement vehicles screamed down Interstate 20 in rural South Carolina on Thursday afternoon after police were dispatched to respond to an “incident” inside Lee Correctional Institute. No word yet on what is transpiring inside the “Level 3″…


|| By FITSNEWS ||  Dozens of law enforcement vehicles screamed down Interstate 20 in rural South Carolina on Thursday afternoon after police were dispatched to respond to an “incident” inside Lee Correctional Institute.

No word yet on what is transpiring inside the “Level 3″ facility near Bishopville, S.C. – which houses some of the Palmetto State’s most dangerous inmates.

Many of the unmarked vehicles – which reportedly came in multiple “waves” – belonged to the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), we’re told.

It’s been a scandalous few months for South Carolina’s embattled prison system – which is run by S.C. governor Nikki Haley‘s former chief of staff Bryan Stirling.

In fact this website has covered a number of scandals related to the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) – one of multiple mismanaged bureaucracies under Haley’s control.

Among these scandals?  Alleged efforts by Haley’s administration to cover up prison riots.

Developing …

UPDATE: Television station WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.) is confirming an incident at the prison.  Specifically, a “disturbance.”

UPDATE II:  The Lee County Sheriff’s office is now responding to the “situation” at the prison.  Additional law enforcement resources have been dispatched to the scene.  S.C. Highway Patrol sources tell FITS inmates at the prison may have taken correctional officers hostage.

UPDATE III: Lee County EMS now has two medic units at the prison.  One at the main gate and one at the infirmary.


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Quantavios Hardtime February 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm

Halp! Somebody gets me da fuck outta here! My anal cherry beens taken so many times already my butt looks like a cherry cream pie!

Fleece Johnson February 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

That’s why there’s a riot, you’re all used up and GrandTango dropped the soap.

davis mcclam February 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Business as usual.

Guest February 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

The Department of Corrections is finally being managed well. You’re way off base to attempt to make Stirling into a Haley political confidant. The fact that he wasn’t enough of a political hack is why he wound up at Corrections, where policy trumps politics. The Department of Corrections has notoriously been horribly managed. Gov. Campbell spend 8 years correcting problems centuries of Democrats left for him. Beasley back slid at Corrections, and Hodges turned it into a unit of the Democrat Party, And then crazy Jon Ozmint took over and fucked it all up. As I recall Sic, Crazy Jon Ozmint is one of your boys, you Sanfraud boys who fucked up the one job you had, to run Executive Branch state government agencies. Decades into the future SCDOC bureaucrats will be cleaning up the piles of dung left behind by Crazy Jon Ozmint.

nitrat February 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm

There was a story in the Island Packet few weeks ago that had a really bad chart showing all the state’s registered lobbyists and who they work for.
Jon Ozmint’s only client is Corrections Corporation of America.

nitrat February 26, 2015 at 5:29 pm

And, here’s what happens when a state goes private prisons (and, it isn’t even about Chris Christie and his cronies in the NJ private prison scams; you can search NYT for that series if you’re interested)

guest2 February 27, 2015 at 8:42 am

This is the second “Department of Corrrections” and “Brian Stirling” article I have seen on FITS and the Brian Stirling PR crew (his mom? someone from the AG’s office? come on..) never fails to show up and proclaim Brian’s riteousness. Look, he may well be an OK guy, but yall are trying way too damn hard and it has the “he doth protest…too much” ring to it. His being a “great guy” past has no bearing on whether he can do the work of the people of SC in the prison system. he may well be an OK guy, but our prisons are places of rehabilitation, restitution, or maybe retribution, for crimes against the people of SC. Brian has a job to do. If it’s too damn hard for him, then the “good guy” just might be a lousy administrator, poor manager, incapable sycophant, or worse.

Guest February 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

He’s only been in the job for a short period of time, and so far his tenure has been a success, mostly addressing the mounds of legal action left behind by Jon Ozmint. I never mentioned Stirling is “a good guy” and I don’t care if he is or is not. So far his competence in addressing complex long-standing legal issues has drawn positive acknowledgment from advocates for prisoners, legislative oversight panels and non-political appointee colleagues. If you’ve not read of the various changes in policy, reform measures implemented and resolution of long-standing problems at SCDC, you’re not paying attention.

SCBlues February 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm

I oftentimes find myself just as concerned about those on the “outside” as those on the “inside”>
I wish some folks would break-in . . .

Soft Sigh from Hell February 26, 2015 at 7:19 pm

McCain and Graham will soon be blaming ISIS and Iran.

Aprisonguard February 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

No, its you liberal ass president and his political correctness nicety agenda. That is what is giving these pieces of shit their rights they do not deserve while stripping the rights of correctional and police officers in what they can do to keep these animals in check. Murderers, Rapist and Child molesters deserve no rights period. All this does is feed the hungry lawyers with frivolous lawsuits. I say “FUCK” rehabilitation…….It does not work….lets call it what it should be called… A Penitentiary!!!!

shifty henry February 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

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 met, 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 February 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

Is your attraction to “penitentiary” based more on “penile” or “penetrate?”

And anyway, had you white trash run the old prison systems in a merely harsh rather than savage manner the federal courts could not have come in and changed the rules. Thank yourselves, goofs.

Guest February 26, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Ditto Stirling. For someone with no experience in the field, he seems to have his priorities in check. If he’s allowed some freedom, I think he’ll turn the agency around and prevent costly lawsuits (**cough, cough** Ozmint mental health care **cough cough**).

Caboose February 26, 2015 at 7:45 pm

The legal department at SCDC is a joke.

Queen Jean February 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

What do you mean?!?!?! They do exactly as I tell them.

Caboose February 26, 2015 at 7:40 pm

Until SCDC gets rid of Wardens and politically connected managers and starts running the facilities according to their own policies things will stay the same. By the way the last Director of SCDC, Byars had a Deputy Director that sent SCDC back to the dark ages. He was an evil little man that deputy director. There are memos floating around SCDC telling staff to get with the program or you are gone.

Kimani wa Karanja February 26, 2015 at 9:51 pm

From the looks of the chow hall in pitchers on WIS it look like theys be had a big ole food fight.

shifty henry February 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm

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!”

shifty henry February 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm

A lovely girl is explaining to the Sheriff why she was filing a complaint against her boyfriend.

“He made violent love to me after he won my heart completely,” she tells the Sheriff. “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 he drove off, leaving me alone with bitter memories.”

“The cad!” exclaims the Sheriff.

“No, he took the Chevy.”

shifty henry February 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm

A sweet young thing calls the 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.”

HD February 27, 2015 at 8:28 am

News Flash: A prison full of criminals had a few behave badly. Film at 11.

Lennon Durden February 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm

I have a very important position as a security guard. Had I been present at this particular facility, my advanced skills in kung fu would have immediately kicked in and I would’ve taken down all of the prisoners in one fell swoop. No one can match my ninja-like reflexes. Unfortunately, since I work at the mall, I don’t often get the chance to show off my skills. I just have to brag about them on the internet..because we all know that everything we read on the internet is factual. I am awesome!

Lennon Durden March 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

Not the real me. Ignore and delete
Situation will be dealt with.


Ben Dover February 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Is this the prison Curtis Loftis was sent to when he was arrested for CDV after assaulting his exwife? Wait… that was in Richland County hehe

Either way I bet he very much enjoyed being in prison ;)

Lennon Durden March 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

The comment attributed to me. Hacker.
I’ll say this.
It was funny. But I’ll just keep pointing out that rhe Blooms of chapin are flame war mongers
These situations are being attended to
Trust me when I say. Ignore the other post attributed to myself.
Being dealt with
Hope the other guy doesn’t lose “computer privileges”


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