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Say cheese! (access required)

Recently, in an effort to combat contraband, the South Carolina Department of Corrections supplemented its undermanned workforce by sprinkling the perimeters of some of its prisons with state guardsmen. The volunteers added eyes and ears to an agency desperate to ...

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A growing problem (access required)

With all the controversy and tragedy surrounding the South Carolina Department of Corrections recently, it’s about time a little bit of lighthearted news escape its communications office. So, cue the passionate melodies and sexual jingles because the most recent report ...

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Doctor to dealer (access required)

  A jailhouse lawyer, this Sidebar reporter has heard of. But a jailhouse doctor, well, that’s a new one. Mackie Walker, a former podiatrist, might not be the only physician in the federal prison system, but he’s the newest. Walker, ...

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