COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Corrections has made the decision to move death row from Kirkland Correctional Institution to Broad River Correctional Institution.

The agency confirmed their decision in a statement their decision. Broad River Correctional Institution holds the original unit built in 1988 to house these inmates. 

"We are glad to be able to return this unit to its original purpose," SC. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said. 

The department says the move was completed before noon today and went smoothly. 

Broad River made space available after the Department of Mental Health's Sexually Violent Predator unit moved to a new DMH facility on the campus.

They say the new unit will operate like a general population dorm, but the inmates will not interact with the general population at Broad River.

The inmates will have jobs in the unit like serving meals, cleaning the common areas, doing laundry and helping other inmates with disabilities. They will also have the opportunity to worship together in services coordinated by the institution's chaplain. 

The staff who worked on Death Row at Kirkland will not transfer to Broad River. 

South Carolina currently has 38 Death Row inmates. One is being held in California for committing crimes there. 

Death row was at Broad River in 1989 when the institution reopened. It moved to Lieber Correctional Institution in Ridgeville in 1997, where it stayed for two decades. 

SCDC moved it to Kirkland in 2017 partly because of the tight labor marked in the Charleston area made it hard to retain staff.