Jails and Prisons

Lawmakers seek tour of SC prison home to deadly riot

A handful of South Carolina lawmakers told state officials Thursday that they want to see firsthand the conditions inside a maximum-security state prison where a riot killed seven inmates.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, five Democratic lawmakers told Gov. Henry McMaster and Corrections Director Bryan Stirling that they want to tour Lee Correctional Institution "as soon as possible." The legislators also requested information on how inmates have been treated since the riots, including whether mental health counseling has been made available since the deadly riots that began Sunday night.

"We do not believe such violence is inevitable," wrote...