Four inmates found dead in South Carolina prison

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Authorities say four inmates have been found dead in a housing unit at a South Carolina prison.

The inmates were housed at the Kirkland Correctional Institution.

The prison facility is located about 10 miles northwest of downtown Columbia, SC.

“I have asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to lead this investigation,” said South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling.

SLED will be the lead investigators along with the Richland County Coroner’s Office and will be assisted by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) Police Services Division.

No information has been released about how the inmates died.

Kirkland operates a specialized housing unit for the state's most dangerous inmates, an assessment and evaluation center for new inmates sentenced to more than three months, and a 24-bed infirmary, according to the Corrections website.

Further information will be released once it becomes available.