Prison guards discover possible escape tunnel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina prison officials have discovered a hole dug by inmates at a maximum security prison that might have been part of an escape plan.

Spokesman Josh Gelinas said Wednesday authorities were tipped off by an inmate about the hole that had been dug through the concrete floor of a building at Lieber Correctional Institution at Ridgeville in an inmate work area.

Authorities are still investigating, but Gelinas says they don’t think the hole extends outside the wall of the building or beyond any security fences.

Gelinas says an inmate authorities think was digging the hole has been placed in solitary confinement.

Inmates on South Carolina’s death row are housed at Lieber but not in the same area where the hole was discovered.



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