A music video that two inmates at the Macomb Correctional Facility in Michigan recorded on a cell phone and uploaded to YouTube may result in further jail time.
The Michigan State Police and state prison officials initiated an inquiry after the video was discovered, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday, November 29. Cellphones and cameras are not permitted inside the facility.
One of the convicts is seen in the video chatting on a cellphone at one point, indicating they possibly had more than one. Authorities suspect that the video was shot in September but was only recently put online, where it received close to 20,000 views before being taken down.
“It’s incredibly dangerous [to have phones inside state prisons], especially with capability of getting onto the internet because they can be used to arrange escapes, harass witnesses, or place ‘hits’ on people inside or outside the prison,” Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz said.