Seven Inmates Got 20 Combined Years In Solitary Confinement For Making A Music Video

Zero tolerance for music vids in prison.

CJCiaramella via BuzzFeed News:

Seven inmates in a South Carolina prison were punished with a combined total of nearly 20 years of solitary confinement — for making a rap music video and posting it on WorldStar.

The investigation into the rap video and the punishment were revealed in public records obtained by Dave Maass, an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Last year, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) launched an investigation after the group of inmates released a rap video that made its way to WorldStarHipHop:

Records show five of the inmates received 180 days in “disciplinary detention,” while two others received punishments of 270 and 360 days, for “creating or assisting with a social media site.”

But additional punishments for “security threat group” (gang-related) materials, and possessing a contraband cell phone added up to a combined 7150 days, or 19.75 years, in solitary confinement for the inmates.

The inmates also lost years-worth of canteen, phone, and visitation privileges, as well as good time accrued.

The disciplinary records note that “video from www.worldstarhiphop.com was used as evidence.”

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