South Carolina Inmates Sentenced To 20 Years In Solitary Confinement For Making Rap Video
Seven reckless South Carolina prisoners are facing the music for a viral rap video they filmed in 2014 while locked up in a jail cell.
Via NY Daily News:
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.”
Check out the viral rap video below: