Prison inmates record and release a video from inside the walls of a South Carolina corrections facility. This is a first for a music video to be made in a jail cell but it has gone viral. This video appears to have been performed and recorded in its entirety by inmates of a South Carolina jail. Many are questioning how this video was filmed since cell phones are banned among South Carolina inmates as well as internet access.
The main questions that are being asked are where the guards were, where did the camera came from and how did these inmates upload the video to the internet?
According to a spokesperson for the State Department of Corrections officials the inmates in the video have already been identified and have been removed from that facility. The spokesperson did not identify which prison the video took place however they did confirm that the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) was in the process of investigating all aspects of the video. Once they have finished their investigation they plan to appropriately charge all inmates involved.
In the beginning of the video as one inmate has his back to the camera and his shirt reads “SCDC” across the back causing some to believe the video was recorded at the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Another source believes they have narrowed it down to the Kershaw Correctional Institution.
Bryan Stirling, State Department of Corrections’ Director, said he is not happy about the incident. He has spoken with the warden and wants to know how and why this was allowed to happen. Stirling said they are working to change the way contraband gets inside the prison walls. He says all contraband is dangerous but especially cell phones, they pose a huge threat.
Stirling says there are many different ways that smuggled goods can enter prison walls; some use footballs and other items to hide phones, drugs and other illegal items inside. Often contraband is made to look like rocks. When an officer drives by and sees it they think nothing of it but when inmates go out for recreational purposes they can easily identify the item and pick them up.
According to Stirling there have been several violations with this incident. He says he noted in the video the windows were covered and this should have never been allowed. He also said that it appears about seven inmates were together and unsupervised in a cell; he wants to know how and why. Stirling identified some writing on a couple of inmate’s hats which he said is another violation of their policy. After the full investigation Stirling says he expects answers.
The department, Stirling says, has increased officers in order to have more areas patrolled. They have also added new metal detecting devices to their arsenal so that as they walk by the inmates mattresses any metal inside can be detected.
A bill is in the state house that would make providing contraband to an inmate an automatic felony. Lawmakers are set to discuss this bill on Thursday.
Prison inmates record and release a video from inside the walls of a South Carolina corrections facility. This “first of its kind” music video made in a jail cell has gone viral. The video appears to have been performed and recorded in its entirety by inmates of the jail. Many are questioning how video was made since cell phones are banned among South Carolina inmates as well as internet access. The investigation is ongoing.
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By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)