A rap video shot at a Michigan correctional facility and posted to YouTube has garnered tens of thousands of views and even praise. He is also at the center of an investigation.
The men behind it are now in solitary confinement facing more jail time, FOX 2 Detroit reports. Authorities want to know how the two inmates at Macomb Correctional Facility got their hands on cellphones, shot a video clip in their cell and then uploaded it online.
Guards found a YouTube link written on a piece of paper during a routine search, FOX 2 says.
“They then looked at it and put it online and then found out it was a video that was clearly shot inside that prison,” said spokesman Chris Gautz. of the Michigan Department of Corrections.
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The video was reportedly shot in September and posted to YouTube on November 3.
When guards discovered it about a week or two after it was posted, the video had been viewed around 200 times. It currently has more than 61,000 and continues to count.
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“The prisoners who were in the video certainly didn’t try to hide or disguise who they were, so staff were able to recognize them and go to their cell and confront them about it,” Gautz said.
Inmates could face additional jail time as it is illegal to have cellphones in the facility.
“There’s a whole bunch of annoying things you can do with contraband cellphones,” Gautz said.
Investigators are now trying to determine how the men obtained the phones. The MDOC is not releasing the names of the men in the video, but told FOX 2 that one was convicted of second-degree murder, the other of armed robbery.
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One of the two has already been convicted twice for holding contraband prisoners during a stay at Muskegon Correctional Institution.
Those involved in the incident could face a five-year penalty. The detainees could be transferred to a maximum security prison, pending the outcome of the investigation.