Investigation into South Carolina’s state prison system

After the deadly riot at Lee Correctional Institution in April 2018, I decided to dive deeper into what was going on inside of South Carolina's state prison system. By reading dozens of lawsuits and interviewing about 100 current  inmates via letter, I was able to begin a four-part investigation into the state-run system. From a …

SC-2’s 2020 congressional election

Time and time again, Democratic challenger Adair Ford Boroughs alleged that her opponent, sitting U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson – known for yelling "You lie," at former President Barack Obama during a joint session of Congress – has only passed one bill during his decade in office. I took a dive into his record, and wrote …

COVID-19 reporting

Throughout the pandemic, I spoke with experts to write stories warning about every upcoming COVID-19 case trend. I also compiled coronavirus-related data to enhance my storytelling. SC cities with mask requirements are seeing coronavirus spread slow, data show Treatment, staff shortages loom if COVID-19 hospitalizations keep rising, officials say SC health experts predict COVID-19 surge …

Violent SC inmates mistakenly released from prison, SCDC confirms

After receiving a tip, I confirmed that the South Carolina prison system released several violent inmates years before the intended end of their sentences. Here are the stories I wrote following the revelation:   Violent SC inmates mistakenly released from prison, SCDC confirms Unclear court orders leave prison officials guessing at inmate sentence lengths, employee …

Hurricane Florence: Officials refuse to evacuate inmates, detainees despite order from governor

As Hurricane Florence neared the Carolina coast, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of all zones in coastal counties. Despite the order, two correctional institutions and one jail in the evacuation zones were ordered to keep inmates and detainees in place. I broke the initial story that inmates at MacDougall and Ridgeland correctional …