MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (FOX 2) – You’ll be able to name it bars behind bars. A rap video has gotten a variety of traction and even reward for a music video shot in jail and posted on YouTube.
The boys behind it at the moment are in segregation and dealing with extra jail time, they usually’re not alone. An investigation is underway after two Macomb Correctional Facility inmates obtained a maintain of cell telephones and shot a music video inside their cell.
Guards discovered a YouTube hyperlink written on a bit of paper whereas conducting a routine search.
“They then checked out it and pulled it up on-line after which discovered it was a video that had clearly been shot inside that jail,” stated Chris Gautz.
Gautz, the spokesman for Michigan’s Division of Corrections, says the video was shot again in September and was posted on YouTube, November third.
Guards didn’t uncover it till every week or so later. The video had about 200 views then. It’s now racked up greater than 18,000 and counting
“The prisoners who had been within the video actually made no makes an attempt to cover or disguise who they had been, so employees was in a position to acknowledge them and go to their cell and confront them about this,” stated Gautz.
These inmates might face extra jail time. Having a cellphone in jail is against the law.
“As a result of whereas you can also make rap movies with them, that’s one factor you are able to do with a contraband cellphone,” Gautz stated. “However you may as well effectuate an escape, you could possibly put out a success on one other employees member, one other prisoner, a member of the general public. You may harass witnesses, you could possibly intimidate your victims.
“There’s an entire variety of issues untoward that you are able to do with contraband cellphones.”
This isn’t the primary controversy popping out of the correctional facility.
An inmate died from an overdose there in 2021, two inmates had been murdered there this 12 months — the warden is suspended and barred from getting into the jail whereas the investigation continues.
MDOC will not be releasing the names of the boys within the video, however says considered one of them was convicted of second-degree homicide, the opposite armed theft.
One of many inmates was convicted twice of possessing prisoner contraband whereas doing a stretch at Muskegon Correctional Facility.
Officers are vowing to learn how they obtained the telephones.
“Did they get them by the mail, did they arrive in by a go to, had been they thrown over a fence,” Gautz stated. “(Or) did they arrive in another method?
“Each time there’s against the law like this that happens, we wish to see one thing be pushed to the fullest extent of the regulation. Not just for these prisoners, but when our investigation is to guide us to search out out who introduced these in we wish to see that individual prosecuted as effectively.”
All events might get five-year penalties for the telephones, thought of jail contraband, State police is investigating and inmates could possibly be moved to most safety jail pending the end result of the investigations.