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Inmates From Facebook Live Video Face New Charges Despite Being At Maximum Security Prison That Just Invested In Blocking Cell Phones

 

There’s been an update on the story we did on Tuesday about the Facebook Live video from an unknown prison that lasted over an hour and was pulled down after a CO found out that over a million people had watched it. According to The State, this is a maximum security prison that recently invested $1.5 million in technology to block cell phone access after 7 inmates died in a riot last year, which was fueled by cell phone messages.

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.

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.”

I have a hard time believing that inmates doing life for murder are going to lose too much sleep over an additional charge of using wifi without permission. And contrary to what the officials said about the system, it looks like it doesn’t work and they should probably get a refund.

The video is removed from Facebook but some of the highlights remain up for the world to see on YouTube.

For a bunch of guys who aren’t getting out, possibly ever, they sure seem to be having a good time in the can.

 

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