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SCDC: Inmate Rap Video Highlighting Need For Harsher Contraband Laws

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An amateur music video claiming to be made by inmates inside a South Carolina corrections facility is making waves across the internet. An amateur music video claiming to be made by inmates inside a South Carolina corrections facility is making waves across the internet.
COLUMBA, S.C. - An amateur music video claiming to be made by inmates inside a South Carolina corrections facility is making waves tonight across the internet.

This video is nearly six minutes that the Department of Corrections said never should have been posted online.

It is begging questions, how did it get posted online and with what?

"I'm very upset that that did happen," said SCDC Bryan Stirling.

Stirling said seven inmates have been identified so far.

He said this is a very public example of an ongoing problem in corrections facilities, in jails and even federal prisons -- contraband devices like cell phones giving inmates access to the outside world.

“These inmates can still run their criminal enterprises while they are in prison and that is a problem,” said Stirling.

It’s one he says is begging for a solution. State Senator Mike Fair from Greenville is working on that solution.

“The best that we can do is to continue to punish those who are breaking the law in this regard, smuggling contraband in,” said Fair.

He proposed a bill that would make it a felony to smuggle in or possess contraband.

“We think it's a high crime because it's creating all sorts of danger,” said Fair.

He pointed to a 2008 incident where an officer was the target of a hit believed to be ordered by an inmate on a cell phone. The officer was shot 6 times, but survived. He will discuss his ordeal before a Senate hearing regarding the bill this Thursday.

In the meantime, Stirling said they are taking more precautions.

“We have staffed the front gate at headquarters for the first time since the late 1990s,” said Stirling.

Inside the prisons, metal detecting chairs and cell phone detection tools are used to look for communication devices.

Stirling is hoping, someday, for more involving cell phone jamming in prisons for all except cleared personnel.

“I would be able to make a call, or the warden would be able to make a call, but none of the other phones would be allowed,” said Stirling.

Until then, for these 7 inmates, Stirling said this rap video is adding to their rap sheets.

The inmates involved in the video will go through a disciplinary process. They can face longer sentences, loss of visitation and phone privileges, loss of job and good behavior credits and potential segregation up to a year.

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