Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Corrections is investigating how several inmates were able to create and post a rap video online from behind bars.
The video shows several inmates at a correctional facility in our state rapping to a camera. The video has had more than 400,000 views on the web, and new Department of Corrections director Bryan Stirling says it upsets him.
"At this point we've identified 7 of the individuals," Stirling said. "I am not happy about it. I have talked to the warden. We're doing things currently to change how contraband gets in."
Stirling says several violations were made in this video, including an inmate using a cell phone, which is considered contraband. Another issue he pointed out was that the window to the cell was covered, and there was writing on some of the inmates hats which is a violation as well.
Correction Officers say cell phones like an iPhone go for close to $2,000 behind bars. Phones and other contraband are in such high demand that someone tries to throw them over prison fences just about every day. WLTX
Stirling says inmates are able to get cell phones from individuals hiding them inside of footballs or disguising it as a rock.