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SC inmates film rap video in prison

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From inside a cell at Kershaw Correctional Institute, in brown inmate apparel, several men have gone viral thanks to a rap video posted on the blog site, Word Star Hiphop. 

It's titled, "South Carolina inmates film first ever music video in prison."

"They are having a lot of fun," said Surenda Burrison.

Burrison is a retired Lt. from the Ridgeland Correctional Institution. She said she's not shocked by the video.

"It's a constant everyday battle with trying to keep the phones out," she said. "They get to have the good pleasures like we have, a cell phone. They're videoing and they're talking to their family. That's a part of the things they shouldn't have."

Penny Gesualdi, a Ridgeland resident, has never been to jail. The video upset her.

"It makes me mad," she said. "I work hard everyday. I do the right thing. I work hard to get a meal on the table, and they're getting fed for free, and they can go in and have a good time and laugh and joke."

Well, they won't be laughing and joking for long. According to Bryan Stirling, the director of the Department of Corrections, they have identified eight of the men in the video and they're working on identfying the others.

"They will all face a disciplinary process. Some of the things they can be charged with would include lost of privileges, which would include visitiation, canteen, and telephone calls," said Stirling.

They could also lose their good time credit, and they may even be sent to a higher security prison.

"All leading to a longer stay at the South Carolina Department of Corrections," Stirling added.

Those punishments go for any inmate caught with contraband.

Stirling said it's a growing issue, and as long as the inmates continue to push their limits, the punishments could get worse. Many South Carolinans say, "good."

"They're taking prison too lightly," said Donna Rowell. "Prison is too light to them. They're just like, I'm going to go in there and serve my time and have a good time."

Stirling says they're looking at puchasing thermal imaging cameras for each prison in order to try and curb the contraband issue. But, he says, every time they come up with a new solution the inmates do as well, so he doesn't believe they'll ever be able to completely stop contraband from getting inside the barbbed wire fences surrounding the state's prisons.

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