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Inmates: Some SC prisons have been locked down for 8 months

December 21, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Some inmates in South Carolina say their prisons still are on lockdown eight months after a riot that killed seven inmates.

The State reported Thursday that more than two dozen inmates have written to the newspaper about the lockdowns, which the American Civil Liberties Union said earlier this year should end. The inmate letters detail restrictive practices such as often being denied showers or being held in their cells 24 hours a day.

The state Department of Corrections says eight of its 21 prisons have been on lockdown for eight months, but inmates are allowed out of their cells at times.

The Corrections Department has partially blamed understaffing for the lengthy lockdowns since the April riot that left seven inmates dead at a prison in Bishopville east of Columbia.

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This story has been corrected to remove the reference to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union. The group in September did call for the lockdown to end, but did not sue.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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