The Mannequin Challenge is a new trend, where people freeze like mannequins while someone moves around them, filming. There have been plenty of popular videos to surface of the challenge, but the latest one to go viral is out of a prison — and officials are not happy.
The video starts in a bathroom and then gradually moves throughout the prison, filming inmates frozen on the toilet, holding cell phones, in a fake fight scene, and reading. It may seem like it isn’t a big deal, but there’s just one problem: inmates aren’t supposed to have cell phones.
Officials confirmed that the footage was filmed at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) in Otay Mesa in San Diego County. Terry Thornton, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, acknowledged the video and said that the video is being investigated, and are working to find out how the inmates got cell phones.
It’s certainly troubling that inmates could not only obtain illegal contraband without anyone noticing, but stage and shoot this massive undertaking and post it on social media, all without being caught. What else do they have access to that their guards don’t know about?
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