Watch South Carolina prison inmate ranting on Facebook Live video

Alain Brian
Août 12, 2017

A second video posted straight to his Facebook account appears to target someone who has been communicating with Rivera's "baby momma".

"Baby momma is tripping", he says in one livestream. And she loving me, though.They love me in here. "You hear me? Big knives and all".

But the 31-year-old Rivera appears to still have time to update his social media pages, even going on Facebook Live on August 4 with a fellow inmate brandishing a knife in a 3 1/2-minute video. Rivera repeatedly threatens the man as he holds a knife.

According to a report by local news outlet KHOU the videos are the latest example of how inmates are getting unauthorised access to phones, which is a problem the corrections department needs federal help to combat.

Rivera has reportedly been reprimanded several times in the last five months for having unauthorised access to a mobile phone and using social media, which has led to him losing visitation, television and canteen privileges.

Earlier this year, an inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution was able to escape thanks largely in part due to a contraband cell phone.

South Carolina Senator Brad Hutto added to Fox Carolina: 'The fact that [inmates] are able to get on social media off a cell phone inside of a prison, is ridiculous.

"It is senseless to me that the federal government continues to prohibit state agencies and state corrections officials from blocking cell phones", SLED Director Mark Keel said at the time.

SCDC's Facebook page-which in recent months is nearly entirely recruitment ads-makes no recent mention of how the issue is being addressed, though the SCDC twitter feed does include retweets of an article calling for a legal change to allow prisons to block cell phone signals. This why the FCC should allow prisons across the country to block cell phones'.

We spoke with state Sen.

Prisoners are using smuggled cell phones to access social media and brandish weapons, boast about drugs, and live broadcast their exploits from inside prisons. Naturally, his possession of the knife shown in the video footage is also extremely troubling. "That should not happen". "It's a budgetary issue", Hutto said.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Sommer Sharpe also released a statement after these videos were brought to their attention.

"We've been very vocal about cell phone contraband, not only in our prisons, but in corrections departments across the country", a prison spokesperson told KHOU. The livestreams prompted officials to call for tougher actions to ban phone signals in prisons.

Prison officials in SC are trying to figure out how an inmate keeps posting livestream videos on his Facebook page.

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