The phone call from prison came on a sweltering summer morning. The woman immediately sensed an unfamiliar tremor in her son’s voice.
The bloody melee that left seven prisoners dead and 22 wounded last week in Bishopville wasn’t a riot.
Each year some 1,000 people die in jail – and that’s just the deaths that are reported. Many more go unacknowledged, or fly under the radar.
As most people are aware, prisoners have rights as stipulated by the U.S. Constitution. However, we have found that many prisoners and their families are often confused about the differences between jails and prisons.
In the state of South Carolina, many inmates are not receiving adequate medical care. In fact, cases of negligence, in which inmates have received detrimental, even life-threatening, medical care, are on the rise.
Unlike people outside prison walls, inmates are often forgotten citizens, at the mercy of a penal system that often treats them like they are invisible.