COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Officials with the South Carolina Department of Corrections say they have identified several inmates involved in a rap video that was posted on the Internet.
The video posted on worldstarhiphop.com shows several men in SCDC uniforms rapping "I'm On" inside what appears to be a prison cell. The nearly six-minute video is titled "South Carolina Inmates Film 1st Ever Music Video in Prison!"
South Carolina Department of Corrections Spokesperson Stephanie Gibson tells WIS officials have identified some of the inmates involved in the video and they are working to identify all of them.
Inmates in custody of SCDC are prohibited from having cell phones and are denied access to the Internet.
After the video surfaced online, SCDC increased security at its facilities this week. Director of
Corrections Bryan Stirling put officers back in the guard shacks as one step to increase safety and slow the flow of contraband into the prisons.
"I think it sends a signal that we need to be more vigilant in our looking for contraband and that's one of my priorities as the new director, to be more vigilant with contraband," Stirling said.
The corrections department is trying to have the web site pull the video but it might be too late now that it's had time to be spread around.
Back in 2008, former corrections director Jon Ozmint tried an experiment with a cell phone jamming system but ran into opposition from the FCC. Stirling is exploring a technology called managed access, which would allow only certain cell phones to operate while blocking others.