Cons with contraband cellphones save CO hostage

Sep 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Cell phones, Spotlight

CO’s save the lives of inmates on a daily basis. From time to time, inmates reciprocate. Cellphone scofflaws are to be seriously disciplined but Paco hopes they cut these boys some slack.

Hostage Prison Guard Saved By Inmates’ Contraband Cell Phones


A South Carolina prison guard was released late last night following a tense five-hour standoff, after inmates using contraband cell phones tipped off authorities that the injured officer was being held hostage in a broom closet.

About 120 inmates in one dormitory of the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in Bishopville, S.C., “overtook an officer” using homemade shanks and other weapons around 5 p.m. EDT, said department of corrections spokesman Clark Newsom.

The guard suffered lacerations on his face and was held hostage for five hours in a closet guarded by inmates, many of them convicted rapists and murderers.

Other inmates inside the prison alerted authorities to the guard’s whereabouts by making phone calls from contraband mobile phones, which had previously been smuggled into the prison…

At 9:34 p.m. a special operations team stormed the prison and found the guard, freeing him within 15 minutes and suppressing the riot…

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2 Comments to “Cons with contraband cellphones save CO hostage”

  1. avtar says:

    Perhaps a lifer tier tender (A LA L-3) can have an emergency smuggled phone for severe incidents


  2. Bob Walsh says:

    A significant number of prisoners are actually interested in doing their time with as little drama as possible. They had the opportunity to do something positive and took it. Perhaps in hopes of a reward at some point, perhaps not. Any tool, including a contraband cell phone, can be used for something positive as well as something negative.