Lags become TikTok famous after smuggling phones into prison to show talent
Prisoners have become internet famous by showing off their talent on TikTok after sneaking in phones as contraband.
Inmates in Australia are sharing their lives behind bars sparking concerns that the videos are glorifying prison.
The outlandish clips, which show them dancing, rapping and making funny sketches, have led to an investigation by the Corrective Services NSW.
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Inmates are prohibited from using phones in corrective centres but several have still managed to gain popularity on social media.
They can get up to two years added to their sentence if they are caught smuggling phones inside, reports Daily Mail.
Kyle Richardson, 21, who goes by the name 'prince of Parklea', has gained thousands of followers on TikTok after posting clips of him dancing in his cell.
He hasn't tried to hide his identity or surroundings and has continued to display his uniform, face and tattoos.
The TikTok star has amassed 11,000 followers by using different phones and social media accounts.
Corrective Services NSW have since confirmed his videos have been deleted.
He captioned one of his videos: 'When you see your mates out partying pulling 10s but you've gone away for abit (sic)'.
He "went away" for a high-speed drug-fuelled crash which left his then-girlfriend seriously injured in 2020.
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Meanwhile, ex-prisoner and rapper Snoee Badman said he used a few phones while serving a 10-year jail sentence.
One of his drill rapper videos scored over 62,000 views on TikTok, with another called 'Bars Behind Bars' raking in 42,000 views.
Corrective Services NSW say they have been trialling mobile phone signal jammers at Lithgow and Goulburn Correctional Centres.
A spokeswoman said: "Corrective Services NSW takes a zero-tolerance approach to contraband and is at the forefront of developing and implementing technologies to combat the extraordinary lengths inmates go to smuggle contraband mobile phones. "
NSW Shadow Correctives Minister Tara Moriarty questioned why more prisoners aren't using mobile jammers.
She told the Saturday Telegraph: "It's ridiculous it hasn't already been expanded.
"It's one thing to be creating social media videos but what else are they doing with these phones."
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