PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says that overcrowding played a role in a jailhouse fight that left two inmates injured and eight facing charges.
Media outlets report that two inmates were beaten up last Friday at the Pickens County Jail and were taken to an emergency room for treatment.
Eight inmates, ages 24 to 33, now face charges of assault and battery by a mob.
There were 65 inmates assigned to the area of the jail where the rumble occurred although the capacity of the area is only 32 inmates. There were about 225 inmates in the entire jail at the time although the maximum jail capacity is only 93.
The sheriff says deputies routinely see an increase in fights when the jail population gets above 200.