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Leath Correctional Institution

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Status  open
Capacity  968
Opened  1991
Location  2809 Airport Road Greenwood, South Carolina
Security class  medium (female facility)
Managed by  South Carolina Department of Corrections
Similar  Ohio Reformatory for Women, South Carolina Penitentiary, Utah State Prison, Washington Corrections Center for, Lorton Reformatory

Leath Correctional Institution (LCIW) is a South Carolina Department of Corrections prison for women located in unincorporated Greenwood County, South Carolina, near Greenwood. Leath opened in 1991. It is located just east of the Greenwood County Airport.


The prison, on a 39-acre (16 ha) plot of land, has a capacity of 968.


The prison opened in September 1991.

In the early 1990s a company called Third Generation contracted the manufacture of women's underwear to 35 Leath prisoners. These prisoners produced about $1.5 million worth of clothing. J.C. Penney, Victoria's Secret, and other companies bought this underwear for resale. This was revealed n a 1995 National Institute for Justice study. The contract was terminated by the mid-1990s.

The prison's Braille Production Center, in which inmates make braille materials for schoolchildren, opened in 2002.

The current chapel was dedicated on February 21, 2013.


As of 2016 the prison has 105 prison guards and security personnel and 40 non-security personnel, as well as 562 prisoners.

Notable inmates

  • Susan Smith
  • References

    Leath Correctional Institution Wikipedia

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