You’ve probably seen this, which made national news:
At least seven inmates are dead and 17 people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, according to the state’s corrections authorities.
Several fights broke out among inmates in three housing units at the Lee Correctional Institution about 7:15 p.m. Sunday, and it took authorities more than 7½ hours, until 2:55 a.m. Monday, to secure the prison, officials said.
No officers or staff members were harmed, the corrections department added….
We can at least be thankful for that last part. But the fact that an “hours-long” riot can occur at one of our prisons, with authorities unable to stop violence that killed seven, should tell us we were lucky on that score. Two officers were stabbed at this same institution in 2015.
What I said in response on Twitter is pretty much all I have to say before turning the topic over to y’all:
After years of locking up too many, and spending too little to keep prisons secure… “7 inmates dead, 17 injured after hours of rioting at South Carolina prison” https://t.co/iCsgDePQL6
— Brad Warthen (@BradWarthen) April 16, 2018