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Old 01-17-2018, 09:49 AM
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Default Execution-style massacre of 4 SC prison inmates was ‘gross negligence,’

Execution-style massacre of 4 SC prison inmates was ‘gross negligence,’ lawsuits say

"Four prisoners slain last April in an execution-style killing died because of horrible under-staffing and poor mental health care at a high-security S.C. prison, according to lawsuits filed Tuesday by relatives of two of the inmates.

“It was just a powder keg, a place where they had some of the worst of the worst,” said Carter Elliott, the Georgetown attorney who filed the lawsuits along with attorneys John O’Leary of Columbia and Gerald Malloy of Darlington, a Democratic state senator.

The lawsuits — filed by relatives of two of the four slain prisoners, Jason Kelley and Jimmy Lee Hamm — allege numerous instances of “gross negligence” by prison officials that made conditions ripe for one of the most violent incidents in S.C. prison history."


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And yet people complain when single-celling security measures are used...

Depositions should prove interesting. My guess is there will not be any admissions to the alleged statements regarding prior intent...instead, the record will show that there were two offenders who committed heinous acts, which is not unexpected in a prison setting in an era where proper security measures are not allowed to be implemented.
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Understaffing kills. SC has also had an upswing in inmate attacks on staff.

Understaffing does not seem to have been the only problem.

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▪ Prison officials should have known the two alleged killers, Simmons and Philip, were bent on murder because they had told prison staffers. Both men, serving life sentences for multiple murders, “had voiced on several occasions” to prison security and medical staff “their intentions to kill other inmates so they could receive the death penalty,” the suits say.

▪ Instead of being locked up, Simmons and Philip were given “wardkeeper status,” allowing them freedom of movement and access to mops and brooms, tools they used in two of the killings. An extension cord was used in two other killings, the lawsuits say. “All the victims were stabbed, stepped on and their throats were crushed with a broomstick,” the lawsuits say.
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Remember that allegations in a suit still have to be proven...I have not seen anything outside of the suit that backs up the claims that staff had been made aware of the alleged threats to do harm...hence my comment about depositions.
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Isn't the standard to check every fifteen minutes to be sure nobody has hanged themselves? Especially in a mental health facility?

Three hours is twelve times fifteen minutes, and even after three hours the correctional officers still hadn't noticed anything was wrong until the murderers told them.
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Remember that allegations in a suit still have to be proven...I have not seen anything outside of the suit that backs up the claims that staff had been made aware of the alleged threats to do harm...hence my comment about depositions.
A former employee addressed this and how they made recommendations to avoid this from happening. The results of this lawsuit could be similar to the mental health lawsuit that was settled recently.
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Isn't the standard to check every fifteen minutes to be sure nobody has hanged themselves? Especially in a mental health facility?

Three hours is twelve times fifteen minutes, and even after three hours the correctional officers still hadn't noticed anything was wrong until the murderers told them.
Unfortunately, staffing is so bad there are two COs to a dorm. There have been times when a call out lead to there being only one.

Staffing has been really bad.
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