Seven South Carolina inmates who had dreams of prison super stardom are now facing 20 years in solitary confinement after recording a rap music video inside of a jail cell that went viral online.
The inmates were issued their harsh sentences following their self-made video going viral on WSHH. The prison staff is also receiving backlash for issuing such harsh sentences to the prisoners due to their embarrassment of the video going public.
South Carolina’s Kershaw Correctional Institution officials punished the group heavily, giving a combined sentence of over 7,000 days — almost 20 years — in solitary confinement.
Public documents revealed by Dave Maass, an investigative researcher for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, showed the inmates would each spend, on average, 1,000 days in solitary confinement for the viral video stunt.
The viral video stunt came with harsh consequences, as the inmates were punished for throwing gang signs in the video, having a cellphone to film it with and accessing social media to post the clip, prison documents showed.
Records showed that investigators specifically used the World Star Hip Hop video as evidence during the sentencing. The inmates also lost several privileges, including visitation hours, canteen use and phone time.
Maass told the Daily News that prison officials most likely dealt this heavy sentencing because they were “embarrassed” by the viral clip. But what the prison really should be ashamed of is its harsh punishments, he said.
“It’s embarrassing for them that it happened, because it makes them look like they have no control, but on the whole, South Carolina becomes the poster child for abuse of solitary confinement.”
Well at least they got their music out there……..
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