Inmate streams to Facebook Live wielding knife


An inmate serving a ten-year sentence for burglary keeps popping up on the internet sharing his prison experience and exposing the prison's flaws in security.

The South Carolina department of corrections is investigating how an inmate continues to use a cell phone and social media to post videos while flashing what appears to be a knife.

Jose Ariel Rivera is serving time at Evans Correctional Institution in Bennettsville.

The 31-year-old inmate updates his social media pages, even going on Facebook Live last week brandishing a knife in a profanity-laced post.

Rivera has been reprimanded twice this year. Despite losing privileges, he seems to be able to skirt the system.

"We've been very vocal about cell phone contraband, not only in our prisons but in corrections departments across the country,” said a spokesperson with the correctional institution. “This video is another example of the unfettered access to the outside world that cell phones give inmates, which is why the FCC should allow prisons to block cell phones."

State Senator Brad Hutto, who investigates issues within the department of corrections, says it's concerning that state officials don't have more control over what goes on inside the walls of the correctional institutions.

"Most of these folks have victims that are associated with their crimes, and the victim should not be subjected to seeing any more of the shenanigans that's going on with these Facebook posts and Twitter or whatever they're using to get these messages out," Hutto said. "So the question is does this affect the security of the prison? Clearly, it does if you've got a weapon inside."

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