Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The director of the Richland County Jail has placedfour corrections officers on leave without pay and recommended them for termination after an incident of alleged abuse at the jail.
In February, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Corrections Officer Robin Smith used excessive force on an inmate.
Medical staff at the Richland County Jail sent that inmate to the hospital.
"We have about 26 (medical) staff," said Jail Director Ronaldo Myers. "That includes nurses, certified medical assistants and one or two administrative staff."
The jail pays $3.3 million to Correct Care Solutions for medical services.
"Are mistakes made at some times, I'm sure they are," said Myers. "Those mistakes are hopefully ones that don't jeopardize the county or CCS in any way. I have an RN an LPN at the facility 24 hours a day. If a situation arises and they can not handle it, that inmate is taken immediately by EMS to Palmetto Richland ER."
Detention Officers go through training at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and are subject to the same background checks as law enforcement officers.
"There are certain protocols required before they use force," said Myers. "Every time they use force, they must contact a supervisor, a video camera is brought out and it's documented to show what level of force we had to use."
Richland County, which runs the jail, says the video and the reports can't be released until their investigation into the incident is complete.
"I'm always concerned about medical," said Myers. "I'm always concerned about the inmates well being from security staff or medical staff."