Earlier in the week we published a blog about a Facebook Live video from an unknown jail that lasted over an hour and had more than a million views before it was broken up by a CO. The video was pulled down because….they don’t have freedom. But someone saved a three minute clip of it on YouTube:
Turns out it was in South Carolina, this is a murder prison where 7 inmates died in a riot last year, and they recently invested $1.5 million specifically to make sure prisoners can’t access the Internet:
Several inmates at a South Carolina prison will be facing charges after officials found out they were posting a live video stream from inside the facility, according to a Tuesday Tweet from the S.C. Department of Corrections. Department officials were tipped off about the livestream and found the inmates responsible at Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison located in Bishopville, according to the Tweet. Investigators confiscated the phones inmates were using to do the livestream, according to the Tweet. Officials are in the process of filing charges against the inmates.
How do you file charges against people who are in jail for life? You think the guy in jail for slicing a bitch is gonna be worried about an extra charge for using wifi without permission?
Officials are not sure how the inmates were able to get around a system used at Lee Correctional to block cell phone service at the prison, according to the Tweet. The Department employed a managed access system in the wake of the deadly riot at Lee Correctional in April 2018, which left seven men dead. The system is supposed to stop any phone that is not white-listed from getting a signal to send texts, place calls or connect to the internet. The Department of Corrections obtained the system as part of a three-year $1.5 million contract with Tecore Networks.
“This is one more reason we need to pass legislation to jam cell phone signals,” the department Tweeted.
Prison officials have struggled to get cell phone use under control within South Carolina’s prison system for years. They blamed the prolific use of phones and other contraband for the the riot at Lee Correctional. In April, the Department of Corrections tested a new cell phone jamming technology at Broad River Correctional in Columbia in an attempt to improve their system.
“The technology works,” Director Bryan Stirling said in a statement at the time. “This has the ability to change everything and make prisons safer for everyone.”
Actually, I beg to differ. It appears as if the technology most definitely does not work, based on the nearly hour and a half cell block D party I watched yesterday:
I’m kind of surprised these guys are at maximum security prison. They seem like fun, and they’re way too upbeat for being in the primes of their life and knowing that they’re probably never getting out. I would imagine if I was in prison I’d be miserable 24/7. Not these hoodtarts though. They’re having more fun than me and making thot pockets all across the country twiddle their lady bits to the thoughts of a conjugal visit.
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