Some inmates in South Carolina’s prison system are making more money in a month than minimum wage employees do in a year -– thanks in part to contraband cellphones.
Documents obtained by Channel 9 add to what we learned during our initial investigation in 2017 – the phones are being used to commit crimes and sell drugs.
>> Contraband cellphones are just used for buying and selling drugs. WATCH Eyewitness News at 5:30 as anchor Brittney Johnson reports on what other crimes are being carried out behind bars as a result of smuggled cellphones.
- 9 investigation uncovers prisoners using Facebook Live while locked up
- Cellphone signals could soon be blocked behind prison walls
- Inmates at SC prison go live on Facebook despite phone blocking system
- Indictment: SC inmates used dairy, State House to smuggle items
Correctional staff members are being bribed to let the phones in -– at an average of $350 a phone.
Hard numbers show the problem continuing to grow. In January 2013, about $594,000 was deposited into inmate accounts. By January 2018, that amount had nearly tripled to $1.7 million.
Read more top trending stories on wsoctv.com:
- Deputies: Woman spiked fiancée's soda with eye drops, inspired by movie
- 2 kids found dead inside burned home identified; search for mom's body continues
- Woman sues ex-girlfriend claiming she stole her winning lottery ticket
- FORECAST: Afternoon downpours likely as warm, muggy air settles in
- Former driver sues reality TV stars after alleged assault outside Charlotte nightclub
© 2019 Cox Media Group.