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Prison guard slammed inmate’s face into the floor repeatedly, SC agency says

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Underfunded and understaffed, South Carolina's prisons have a lot of problems. Here are the five main issues facing the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
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Underfunded and understaffed, South Carolina's prisons have a lot of problems. Here are the five main issues facing the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

A South Carolina prison guard lost his job and faces an assault charge after beating an inmate in a prison earlier this year, the Department of Corrections announced Thursday.

Claude Jackson Ellis III, 36, of Lancaster, is charged with third-degree assault and battery, the agency said in a release. The charge stems from an assault that happened Jan. 7 at Kershaw Correctional Institution.

An arrest warrant provided by the Department of Corrections says Ellis hit an inmate in the head with his hands and fists, and “slamm[ed] the victim’s face into the floor multiple times.”

Kershaw Correctional is a medium-security facility located in Lancaster County.

Third-degree assault and battery is a misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in prison or a $500 fine, under South Carolina law.

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Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.


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