Perry Correctional Institution, Pelzer, South Carolina
April 11, 2016

Prisoners take control of a 180-person dorm during a 5 hour uprising, holding a guard hostage and assaulting him. While staff attempts to regain control of the unit, a total of three guards are stabbed.

A source claiming to be an inmate inside the prison told 7News the hostage situation happened because the inmates are on lockdown nearly 24-7, and they get little to no recreation time.

Citation:

“Officer beaten, held hostage at prison in Pelzer”, Greenville News, April 11, 2016.

“Officer beaten at Upstate prison, officials say”, WYFF4, April 11, 2016.

“Incident at Perry Correctional resolved says SLED”, WSPA 7, April 11, 2016.

“Officer taken to hospital after being held hostage at Upstate prison”, South Carolina Radio Network, April 12, 2016.