STATE: 7 dead, 17 hurt in Lee County, SC, prison; Templeton: bring back firing squads

Gov. Henry McMaster, SCDC Director Bryan Stirling, SLED Chief Mark Keel Provide Update on Incident at Lee Correctional Institution; 7 Inmates Are Dead - THE DANGER TO INMATES: Cellphones or "shanks"?

 

COLUMBIA - Governor Henry McMaster will be joined by S.C. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling and SLED Chief Mark Keel for a media briefing to provide an update on last night's incident at Lee Correctional Institution.

WHO: Gov. Henry McMaster, SCDC Director Bryan Stirling, SLED Chief Mark Keel

WHAT: Media briefing to provide an update on last night's incident at Lee Correctional Institution

WHEN: Today, Monday, April 16 at 1:30 PM

WHERE: S.C. Department of Corrections headquarters, 4446 Broad River Road, Columbia, S.C. 

 

Video shows shanks:

 

http://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article209106644.html

 

TEMPLETON ISSUES STATEMENT ON DEADLY LEE CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION VIOLENCE

Calls for Major Crackdown to Fix Dangerously Broken Corrections System
 

COLUMBIA - Proven conservative outsider and GOP gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton released the following statement on the deadly violence overnight at Lee Correctional Institution:
“Under Henry McMaster’s watch, we’ve seen prisoners jumping fences, rioting, and putting our correctional officers in danger time and time again. McMaster can't hide from the systemic problems facing our penal system until after the election. We need a conservative buzzsaw with the guts to do what it takes to fix the problem. As governor, I will lead a major crackdown to fix our dangerously broken corrections system and treat criminals like criminals.”

 

MORE FROM TEMPLETON ON TUESDAY:

 

CATHERINE TEMPLETON UNVEILS 

TREAT CRIMINALS LIKE CRIMINALS POLICY
Calls for Bringing Back Firing Squad and Declaration of Emergency in SC Prisons 

(COLUMBIA, S.C.)  Proven conservative outsider and Republican gubernatorial candidate Catherine Templeton unveiled her Treat Criminals Like Criminals platform today.

Speaking on the Bob Mclain Show, a popular conservative talk radio program in the Upstate, Templeton said it was time to “treat criminals like criminals,” bring back the firing squad, and jam cell phones in prisons.

“I will lead a major crackdown in the criminal justice system and will restore order and discipline to South Carolina’s prisons,” said Templeton.“Criminals are sent to prison for punishment and reform. I’ll make sure that’s exactly what they get.”

“Under Henry McMaster’s watch, prisoners have been rioting and jumping fences. They use cell phones to get access to drugs and contact criminal cronies,” said Templeton. “When I’m governor, once criminals are put in prison, they will no longer dictate or demand special favor.”

Templeton also called for the revival of the firing squad. “Criminals legally sentenced to death are getting an unofficial reprieve right now as South Carolina goes without the drugs necessary for lethal injection,” Templeton said. “We must make the death penalty swift and final.  I will push for legislation allowing firing squads for court-ordered executions. And I will also seek to deny condemned inmates their choice of execution.” 

During her time as the head of two state agencies, Templeton fought big labor and won, stopped the Obama Administration from killing South Carolina jobs, called out corruption, and fired state bureaucrats who were wasting taxpayer money. She is equally committed to restoring order to South Carolina’s dysfunctional prison system.

As governor, Catherine Templeton will:

Fix Our Prisons:

  • Defy unelected federal bureaucrats and sign an executive order jamming cell phones in prisons.
  • Make violent offenders serve their entire sentence and start the clock over for violence committed behind bars.
  • Lead a major crackdown at the Department of Corrections to get drugs and cell phones out of prisoners’ hands and restore order to our dangerously broken corrections system.

“We must make prison a place for punishment, not a place where criminals go for rest and relaxation,” Templeton said. “The first step in restoring order to our dysfunctional prison system is defying unelected federal bureaucrats and signing an executive order jamming cell phones behind bars. I’ll follow that up with making violent offenders serve their entire sentence and start the clock over for violence committed behind bard. And I will lead a major crackdown at the Department of Corrections to get drugs and cell phones out of prisoners’ hands and restore order to our dangerously broken corrections system.”

Put Criminal Pill Pushers Behind Bars:

  • Launch a statewide war on opioids by shutting down pill mills and prosecuting those who over market addictive drugs.

“Criminal pill pushers create serious problems for our society,” Templeton explained, “and I will treat them like the criminals they are. I will launch a statewide war on opioids by shutting down pill mills and prosecuting those who over market addictive drugs.”

Institute the Firing Squad to Carry Out Justice:

  • Make the death penalty swift and final.  Push for legislation allowing firing squads for court-ordered executions.
  • Deny condemned inmates their choice of execution. 

Criminals legally sentenced to death are getting an unofficial reprieve right now as South Carolina goes without the drugs necessary for lethal injection,” Templeton said. “We must make the death penalty swift and final.  I will push for legislation allowing firing squads for court-ordered executions. And I will also seek to deny condemned inmates their choice of execution.” 

Templeton will continue to discuss her positions on a variety of issues that are important to South Carolinians in the coming weeks. 
 

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