By Noah Feit

An inmate at a South Carolina prison is facing new charges for orchestrating violent crimes from behind bars, law enforcement officials said Tuesday.

Harvester Jackson, 27, targeted multiple people — and in one instance ordered a woman’s house to be shot and her car to be burned — while locked up in a state Department of Corrections institution, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a news conference.

Jackson, who was convicted of armed robbery and second-degree burglary in 2013, faces new charges of accessory to attempted murder, accessory to discharging a firearm into a dwelling, and accessory to arson, according to Lott.

Both Lott and Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling accused Jackson of using a cellphone to order these crimes. Since May, Jackson has been locked up at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, according to the Department of Corrections. It is an all-male, high-security institution that primarily houses “violent offenders with longer sentences, and inmates who exhibit behavioral problems.”

 

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott and South Carolina Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling discuss charges against a prison inmate who ordered violent crimes from behind bars.

“This is no different than a weapon in the hands of an inmate,” Stirling said of the ongoing issue of inmates using cellphones. “It’s like Groundhog Day, it keeps happening over and over.”