On April 15, 2018, what started as a fight between rival gangs at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, escalated into one of the bloodiest prison riots in U.S. history. When the melee ended, seven inmates lay dead and 17 more were badly injured, many of them stabbed or slashed by improvised blades. According to The New York Times, the riot was “sparked by gangs within the prison who were warring over territory, money and contraband.”

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