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Mar 18, 2019

Ex-inmates sue over jail beatings, blaming overcrowding

Two former inmates who say they were severely beaten at an overcrowded South Carolina jail are suing the sheriff’s office. The Greenville News reports Brett Ferguson and Adam Brodsky blame the longstanding overcrowding issues for the attacks, and said Pickens County jail staff didn’t intervene. The sheriff’s office has blamed the inmates’ behavior on the […]

Jul 26, 2018

Prisons aim to jam phones, detect drones carrying contraband

COLUMBIA (AP) Next month, South Carolina prison officials will test equipment that can jam the signals of contraband cellphones used by inmates, but the state prison director said he needs more technology than that to keep prisons safe. The jamming device will be tested at part of Lee Correctional Institution, where seven inmates died in […]

Jun 18, 2018

Federal officials: Prison cellphone jamming test a success

COLUMBIA (AP) Federal officials say they conducted a successful test earlier this year of a jamming technology some hope will help combat the threat posed by inmates with smuggled cellphones. A report obtained June 15 by The Associated Press details the January 17 test of micro-jamming technology at a federal prison in Cumberland, Maryland. Officials […]

Mar 21, 2018

3 jail inmates charged in attack on guard in South Carolina

YORK (AP) Three inmates have been arrested after a guard was attacked at a South Carolina jail. A police report says a guard at the York County jail was shoved and threatened about 7:30 p.m. March 17. The report says 41-year-old David Easter of Rock Hill shoved the guard. The guard and another officer subdued […]

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