LEE COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – More than a year after a brawl at South Carolina’s Lee Correctional Institution left seven inmates dead and another 17 injured, a group is bringing a message of hope to violent offenders.
According to a post on the S.C. Department of Corrections’ Facebook page, the Academy of Hope is teaching formerly violent inmates and rival gang leaders skills to keep peace inside the prison walls.
The post includes a photo of Pastor John Gray of Greenville’s Relentless Church sharing a “mighty message of forgiveness, grace and fatherhood.”
“In return, the inmates gathered in a prayer circle for (a) powerful sendoff before he left,” the post stated.
Photos of the inmates praying was in stark contrast to the violence that broke out at Lee Correctional in April 2018.
The seven inmates died following multiple “inmate on inmate altercations.”
Four of the inmates who were killed had ties to the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee.