Seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured in a series of fights at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina on Sunday night and Monday morning.
In the aftermath, South Carolina authorities called on the US government to change federal law and allow them to jam prisoners’ cell phone signals.
South Carolina prisons chief Bryan Stirling said, “These folks are fighting over real money and real territory while they’re incarcerated.
Governor Henry McMaster also blamed the inability to block prisoner’s cell phones signals as a major contributor to such coordinated incidents, saying, “There are prisons around the country — state prisons, federal prisons all – that would be safer with this jamming.”
During the 2012 incident, inmates used their cell phones to call 911 and make demands.