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Five "problematic" inmates charged in the Lowcountry transferred to Mississippi prison

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A woman who wishes to remain anonymous says her boyfriend, a South Carolina inmate, has been shipped to a private prison in Mississippi.

"He has nobody over there. There's no family, no friends, there's nobody that can just go down the street to see him, or travel at least a few minutes, 30 minutes to an hour to go see him. If anybody that comes to see them, they have to come hours away. You know, I am 10 and a half hours away."

Jon Ozmint, former director for the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC), says inmates who break the rules in prison give up certain rights. “They don’t have a right to visitation, they’ve given up their visitation by choice. They have said they don’t want, they don’t love their family enough to behave," Ozmint says.

Worried family members believe the transfers are in response to the deadly riots at the Lee Correctional Institution in April.

“If they are shipping people out of state. It’s a tool that other states have used very successfully, and my gut reaction is it will be more effective than administrative segregation in terms of safety for our state, and it will be less harmful to the inmates are shipped,” says Ozmint.

The family members maintain their loved ones had no part in the riots.

In a statement, the SCDC says these inmates were moved out of state to help improve the safety and security of our institutions. They are now housed at a private facility run by Core Civic in Mississippi.

Due to security reasons, they say family members were notified today regarding their transfer. Periodically, corrections officials say they will review each inmates’ status to determine whether a transfer back to South Carolina is justified.

As far as the ongoing increased security at South Carolina prisons, the SCDC says that there are still nine institutions on lockdown following the Lee riots.

However there are several units within those institutions that have lifted the lockdown status.

SCDC says it has also made a series of changes after inmate Jimmy Causey escaped from Lieber Correctional Institution nearly a year ago. The department says changes include managed access systems to block cell phones and cell phone detection devices, and netting to stop people from throwing items over the fence. In addition, facilities are now being monitored by drone detection and surveillance programs, and a 24-hour surveillance command center that monitors nearly 1000 cameras.

Lowcountry criminals moved

Below are the names and charges of the five prisoners who were committed of crimes in Lowcountry who were part of the move this week to out-of-state prisons. The list of inmates was obtained by our sister station, WPDE in Myrtle Beach.

All of the prisons were moved from Kirkland Prison in Columbia, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections website.

This list below includes the county where their crimes occurred and well as offenses while incarcerated, a list that includes damaging property, possessing a cell phone and even public masturbation.

Randy Clark, 45 (Berkeley County)

Charges: Grand larceny, voluntary manslaughter, first degree burglary, shoplifting

20-year sentence - began in 2012

Parole eligibility / Projected release date: July 2029

Moved from: Kirkland Prison

Prison offenses:

  • 1. Refusing or failing to obey orders
  • 2. Striking an employee (x2)
  • 3. Inciting or creating a disturbance (x2)
  • 4. Damaging or destroying property
  • 5. Possession of a weapon (x2)
  • 6. Unauthorized inmate organization activity, or participation in a security threat group or activity (x2):

- Definition: any organization which has not been approved or any informal organization, association, or group of three (3) or more inmates that has a common name, and whose members or associates engage or have engaged in activities that include planning, organizing, threatening, soliciting, or committing unlawful acts of misconduct classified as serious threats or potential threats to safety and security.

  • 7. Disrespect
  • 8. Possessing or attempt to possess a cell phone (x2)
  • 9. Evading a security device
  • 10. Out of place

Eric Ancrum, 46 (Charleston County)

Charges: Crack distribution, possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, trafficking crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine

Life sentence (x4) - began in 2007

Parole: not eligible

Moved from: Kirkland Prison

Prison offenses:

  • 1. Creating or assisting in the creation of a social network site
  • 2. Possessing or attempting to possess a cell phone
  • 3. Striking an employee

Bryan Brown, 41 (Charleston, Dorchester counties)

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Charges: Strong arm robbery (x4), grand larceny, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature

20 year sentence - began in 2002

Projected release date: Sept. 2019

Parole eligibility: March 2020

Moved from: Kirkland Prison

Prison offenses:

  • 1. Exhibitionism and public masturbation


Stephen Green, 38 (Berkeley, Allendale counties)

First degree burglary (x2), assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (x2), first degree criminal sexual conduct, armed robbery, kidnapping

Life sentence (x2) – began in 1999

Parole/Release: Not eligible

Moved from: Kirkland Prison

Prison offenses:

  • 1. Possession of a weapon (x3)
  • 2. Inciting or creating a disturbance (x2)
  • 3. Striking an employee
  • 4. Smuggling / Conspiracy to smuggle contraband
  • 5. Use or possession of narcotics (x7)
  • 6. Possessing or attempting to possess a cell phone (x4)
  • 7. Unauthorized inmate organization activity, or participation in a security threat group or activity
  • 8. Exhibitionism and public masturbation


Jacoby Fields, 28 (Colleton County)

Murder, first degree burglary, second degree burglary

Life sentence (x2) – began in 2011

Parole: not eligible

Moved from: Kirkland Prison

Prison offenses:

  • 1. Soliciting assistance from an employee or an inmate to violate an agency rule or an employee rule.

- Definition: The act of any inmate who willfully induces any person to do or agree to do any act in violation of his/her lawful duty or in violation of SCDC rules and regulations, or in violation of the lawful rules and regulations of a government agency which is exercising legitimate authority over an inmate. Assisting in the Corruption of or Entering into an Improper Relationship with an Employee: The act of any inmate who willfully gives, offers or promises anything of value with the intent to influence any official act or action within the official responsibility of any employee; the act of any inmate who enters into an improper relationship with an employee. Soliciting Money or Gifts from a SCDC Employee or an Inmate, or from Another Person For the Benefit of an Inmate: Any inmate who tries to obtain, buy, or entice money or gifts from any SCDC employee or another person for his/her benefit.

  • 2. Exhibitionism and public masturbation (x3)
  • 3. Inciting or creating a disturbance
  • 4. Possessing or attempt to possess a cell phone (x6)
  • 5. Creating or assisting in the creation of a social network site (x4)
  • 6. Use or possession of narcotics (x3)
  • 7. Possession of contraband (x2)
  • 8. Refusing or failing to obey orders
  • 9. Evading a security device (x2)
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