South Carolina’s prison chief says state prisoners have not participated in protests held in more than a dozen states despite repeated reports by several news organizations that strikes have taken place.
Perry Correctional Institution in Anderson County was named in a Los Angeles Times article that published Friday, as one of South Carolina’s prisons where inmates participated in a strike during the past month.
Several outlets have reported the strikes are inspired by the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot in New York in 1971. Prisoners took staffers hostage and demanded better living conditions during that riot that ended with more that three dozen dead.
But Department of Corrections Chief Bryan Stirling stressed Friday no strike or protest has taken place.
“There have been no strikes at the Perry furniture plant, and we have had no reports of strikes in the South Carolina correctional system,” Stirling said.
Perry is a high-security facility in Pelzer touted as a “working prison” by its warden, Larry Cartledge. .