Lee Correctional Institution

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Lee Correctional Institution
Lee Correctional Prison.jpg
Location990 Wisacky Highway
Bishopville, South Carolina
Security classmaximum security
Managed bySouth Carolina Department of Corrections

Lee Correctional Institution is a high-security state prison for men located in Bishopville, South Carolina.[1] On April 15th 2018, seven inmates were killed in the Lee Correctional Prison Riot. It was the deadliest U.S. prison riot in the past 25 years. [2]


The facility opened in 1993 to replace the decommissioned Central Correctional Institution which had been the state's primary prison for over 130 years.[3] At the time, Lee cost $46 million dollars to construct.[4] It remains the largest maximum-security prisons for males in the South Carolina state system. It is also characterized as being the most dangerous.[5]

Prisoners took control over portions of the prison on two separate incidents prior to the 2018 riot, once in April 2012 and again in February 2013.[6] The prison has had a long history of violent incidents.[7]

The prisoners at Lee can find work with private sector companies in several different industries. They can work packing products, manufacturing apparel, or recycling old mattresses.[8]

Further reading[edit]

  • Thompson, Heather Ann (April 28, 2018). "How a South Carolina Prison Riot Really Went Down". New York Times.

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Coordinates: 34°11′51″N 80°13′34″W / 34.19747°N 80.22620°W / 34.19747; -80.22620