Kirkland Correctional Institution

Coordinates: 34°04′10″N 81°05′55″W / 34.06944°N 81.09861°W / 34.06944; -81.09861
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Kirkland Correctional Institution
Location4344 Broad River Road
Columbia, South Carolina
Coordinates34°04′10″N 81°05′55″W / 34.06944°N 81.09861°W / 34.06944; -81.09861
Security classmixed, including maximum
Managed bySouth Carolina Department of Corrections

Kirkland Correctional Institution is a state prison for men located in Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, United States, owned and operated by the South Carolina Department of Corrections.[1]

Kirkland has a special role in South Carolina's prison system as the point of intake and assessment for all male state prisoners, the site of the state's Maximum Security Unit, and a health care facility. The prison was first opened in 1975, and houses a maximum of 1707 inmates, plus another 50 in the Max unit and 24 in the infirmary. In September 2017, death row inmates were moved to Kirkland Correctional Institution.

The state's Broad River Correctional Institution is adjacent to the north.

Notable Inmates[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Frederick Hopkins Jr. 00392232 / SC00365146 Serving two life sentences without parole. Perpetrator of the 2018 Florence, South Carolina shooting in which he murdered two police officers after they were called to his home.[2][3][4][5]
Jesse Dewitt Osborne 00382777 / SC02381155 Serving two life sentences, later changed to two 75-year sentences. Scheduled for release in 2094. Perpetrator of the 2016 Townville Elementary School shooting in which he murdered his father, before driving to the previously mentioned school, and murdered student Jacob Hall.[6][7][8][9]
Alex Murdaugh 00390394 / SC00565210 Serving two life sentences without parole. Perpetrator of the 2021 murder of his wife, Maggie, and their 22-year-old son, Paul.[10]


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  2. ^ "South Carolina shooting suspect identified as an elderly man, Fred Hopkins; Ambushed Florence police officers serving a warrant yesterday - CBS News". 2018-10-04. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  3. ^ "2nd law enforcement officer dies from Florence, SC shooting". 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  4. ^ "Suspect in shooting of multiple officers in South Carolina identified". ABC News. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  5. ^ Rowles, Courtney (2023-10-19). "Fred Hopkins Jr. receives life sentence in 2018 Florence mass shooting". WPDE. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  6. ^ Victor, Daniel; Stack, Liam (2016-09-28). "Carolina Boy, 14, Held After Father Is Killed and 3 Are Shot at School". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  7. ^ Mayo, Mike Ellis and Nikie. "S.C. school shooting suspect faces second murder charge after boy, 6, dies". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  8. ^ "Jacob Hall, 6, dies after being shot on school playground: coroner". NBC News. 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  9. ^ "Jacob Hall, 6, dead days after South Carolina school shooting - CBS News". 2016-10-01. Retrieved 2024-01-31.
  10. ^ Ortiz, Erik (March 3, 2023). "Alex Murdaugh guilty in murders of wife and son". NBC News. Retrieved March 3, 2023.