An inmate who dug a hole in the concrete floor of a South Carolina maximum-security prison will not be escaping as he may have planned.
Officers received a tip from an inmate this week that another inmate had dug a tunnel underneath the floor of the Lieber Correctional Intitution in rural Dorchester County. The hole was found inside of the industrial building of the prison, that’s where inmates considered “on good behavior” go to disassemble transmissions.
Josh Gelinas with the Corrections Department says he does not have specific information on the length or width of the tunnel, but he did say the inmate broke the surface of the concrete. Authorities are investigating the motive behind the inmate forming the tunnel. They say it was either an escape route, or a place to stash contraband.
Lieber Correctional Intitution is one of South Carolina’s eight maximum-security prisons, housing the state’s 57 death row inmates, and more than 1,400 inmates in all.
The inmates name has not yet been released.