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Default SC prisons struggle to contain growing menace from gangs, smuggling

SC prisons struggle to contain growing menace from gangs, smuggling

"Behind walls of razor wire, concrete and steel, a black-market economy thrives in the shadows of South Carolina’s prisons, generating millions for the gangs who control the cell blocks and the flow of forbidden goods.

The Bloods, Crips and Gangster Disciples have steadily asserted their hold over the inmate population in a state where government officials long denied gangs even existed. The gangs rose to power as staffing at state prisons dwindled, creating dangerous gaps in security and treacherous temptations for those with ready access to the outside world.

In the process, gang members have turned their time behind bars into a money-making bonanza. Smuggling, extortion, fraud — it all adds up to big business that can reel in upward of $50,000 a day for top earners, prison officials and inmates said."

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