Governor McMaster Taking Emergency Measures

To keep contraband out of prison

Patrick Gentry
April 23, 2018 - 4:04 pm

South Carolina's governor is taking ``emergency'' action he hopes will make state prisons safer following last weeks' deadly rioting.

Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday issued an executive order waiving state procurement regulations for hiring by the Department of Corrections. Declaring an ``emergency due to the contraband and staffing levels'' in state prisons, McMaster says his action will allow Corrections to hire and keep officers by increasing salaries and providing opportunities to work overtime.

McMaster says the move will give Corrections Director Bryan Stirling the tools to make the state's institutions safer.

Seven inmates died in deadly rioting that began the night of April 15 at Lee Correctional Institution. Stirling has long said contraband cellphones played a role in the violence and represent his No. 1 security threat behind bars.

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