Law Forum : Lee County South Carolina Prison Riot leaves 7 Inmates Dead, 17 Injured

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1. A maximum security prison and it took several hours to contain the situation? 1,500 inmates to how many guards? And how are they going to prevent this from happening again?

2. Interesting design of the facility; looks high-tech. Guess it was designed to protect guards and not inmates.

3. Why are they called "CORRECTIONAL" facilities? What is the system correcting?
 

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1. A maximum security prison and it took several hours to contain the situation? 1,500 inmates to how many guards? And how are they going to prevent this from happening again?

2. Interesting design of the facility; looks high-tech. Guess it was designed to protect guards and not inmates.

3. Why are they called "CORRECTIONAL" facilities? What is the system correcting?
1A: Correctional facilities are loathe to reveal the exact amount of actual certified correctional officers on any given tour. Unfortunately by their mere design correctional facilities are the worst structures to move a significant number of inmates from point A to point B safely and expediently without the possibility of escape attempts or attempts to overpower unarmed officers which a very real and constant threat 24/7/365. Even in the most secure high tech Supermax facilities except in SC or SHU the possibility of escape is very real. Seasoned CO's have become so adept at reading the prevailing atmosphere that something is amiss or about to break just by reading the inmates body language or even of an inmate deviates from the norm. Even still the real world of inmate warehousing is a stressful job not only on the inmates but the CO's too and a pressure cooker will eventually explode when it can't self release built up tension. Nature of the business.

2A: New correctional facilities are using the POD design. More cost effective and energy efficient, the linear design concept allows for maximum inmate movement with fewer CO's. CO safety is a correctional facilities first, last and only priority since by Corrections Law as all of the Co's in direct contact with the inmates are not allowed to carry firearms. If a violent act is in progress it takes quite a while for an armed CERT unit to respond, unfortunately for the inmates or CO's on the losing end of a fight or attack it can actually feel like a veritable lifetime. The response unfortunately has to follow painstaking procedures which the unit cannot in any way deviate from no matter how life threatening the situation appears to be. It isn't like the movies where a group of CO's come charging down the cellblock. The CERT unit has to go block by block in order where the door behind them must be completely closed and locked before they can enter the next cellblock. Depending on where the CERT unit was at the time of alert to where they have to respond to can be quite some time. Also responding law enforcement authorities cannot just enter the facility with weapons drawn. The reasons are too complex for me to touch on here since I was never a CO, just knew a bunch of them. maybe a member here with more intimate knowledge can explain further.

3A: https://definitions.uslegal.com/c/correctional-facility/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrections

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermax_prison





I think I now understand why ex-cons emphatically state they are never going back to prison. They'd rather die first and unfortunately they mean it. When you're a MOF and you box one of these guys in and he tells you that, you know you're going to earn your pay.
 

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