South Carolina Prisons Will Ride Out Florence Where They Are - While other states are moving offenders to safety, South Carolina is taking a different approach at one facility.
Hundreds of inmates in a South Carolina prison will be riding out the hurricane. Over a million people are heading for higher ground as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolina coast.
The 650 inmates at the MacDougall Correctional Institution north of Charleston, however, will be staying put. This is despite Gov. Henry McMaster telling residents at a news conference, “We are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina. Not a one.”
A spokesman for the Department of Corrections says in the past, it's been safer for the inmates to stay in place during a hurricane than move them. The medium-security prison is in a county that's under a mandatory evacuation order from the governor. A Jaspar County prison is also keeping inmates put.
In North Carolina, hundreds of inmates were moved further inland Monday. In Virginia, about a thousand prisoners were relocated from a low-lying coastal area. The South Carolina Department of Corrections hasn’t ordered evacuations since 1999’s Hurricane Floyd. Source: Fortune