Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution

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Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution
Location4450 Broad River Road
Columbia, South Carolina
Statusopen
Opened1973
Managed bySouth Carolina Department of Corrections

Camille Griffin Graham Correctional Institution is a South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) state prison for women in Columbia, South Carolina.[1] The Women's Reception and Evaluation Center, which processes all females entering SCDC, is in the prison.[citation needed]

The prison opened in 1973, as "Women's Correctional Institution". It was renamed in 2002 in honor of the first female warden of a maximum-security male prison in South Carolina, Camille Griffin Graham.

In October 2019, health care staff at the prison reported that women who reported mental health symptoms were punished with nutraloaf and were denied hygiene items.[2] The warden, Marian Boulware, resigned in January 2020 after the reports.[3] The prison houses the State of South Carolina death row for women.[1]

In January 2011, a young female prisoner with a history of mental illness succeeded in committing suicide. The death is under investigation.[citation needed] In February 2019, another prisoner killed herself.[4] In 2012, an inmate went into labor and was not aided by staff. One of her twins was delivered into a toilet where he died. The state reached a settlement for over a million dollars seven years later.[5]

The prison is one of 40, and the only prison in South Carolina, participating in Girl Scouts of the USA Beyond Bars program, allowing Girl Scouts visitation/bonding with their incarcerated mothers.[citation needed]

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Notes
  1. ^ a b "Graham (Camille Griffin) Correctional Institution." South Carolina Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. "4450 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 29210-4096"
  2. ^ Adcox, Seanna (23 October 2019). "Female inmates at Columbia prison were punished for seeking help, SC psychiatrist reports". Post & Courier. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  3. ^ Matney, Mandy (23 January 2020). "Warden of SC Prison Retires After Alleged Inmate Abuse, Sources Say". Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  4. ^ Wildeman, Mary (3 May 2019). "Suicide rate in SC prisons hits record high as mental health problems grow". Post & Courier. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  5. ^ Dillon, Nancy (3 February 2020). "Mom whose newborn died in South Carolina prison toilet receives $1.15 million settlement". New York Daily News. Retrieved 4 February 2020.

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Coordinates: 34°4′10″N 81°5′54″W / 34.06944°N 81.09833°W / 34.06944; -81.09833