Gov. Henry McMaster signed an executive order Monday which would exempt South Carolina’s prisons agency from going through the normal spending and procurement rules — an effort to give the agency more flexibility after one of the deadliest prison riots in recent American history.
The order allows the state Department of Corrections (SCDC) to more quickly implement security measures along fence lines and inside the state’s correctional facilities. That includes issues such as new technology or pay bonuses.
“We believe this executive order gives (SCDC) Director (Bryan) Stirling the tools the department needs to properly compensate the brave men and women who serve our state as correctional officers,” McMaster said in a statement accompanying the order. “This order will also allow the department to expedite important security measures following the unprecedented and premeditated gang violence that occurred at the Lee Correctional Facility, facilitated by the flow of illegal contraband, namely cell phones.” [Read more…]