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A St. Albans Prisoner In Trouble After Pictures Circulate On Social Media

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After a prisoner’s social media-viralized photo, charges were brought against him.

According to Department of Correctional Services spokesman Singabaho Nushmalo, the inmate’s cellphone was seized.

The cell phone that a convict was using to flamboyantly broadcast his picture on social media has been seized by the Department of Correctional Services.

The named prisoner is housed at St. Albans Correctional Facility in the Eastern Cape Region. He was transferred to a Special Care Unit in order to facilitate an inquiry and will soon face official charges, according to Nxumalo.

He claimed that in prisons, cell phones were classified as contraband.

“As altering the offender uniform is against DCS policies, the aforementioned inmate will also be charged with further offenses.

He continued, “DCS is appalled by this behavior and there will be serious action and repercussions.
Earlier this year, a raid at the facility resulted in the arrest of a jail warden and the seizure of contraband.

At the time, Gqeberha K9 Unit, the Anti-Gang Unit, and the Department of Correctional Service launched an early morning stop-and-search operation for staff entering and departing the prison, according to Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

According to reports, inmates at the facility embarked on a hunger strike the previous year in order to call for better prison conditions.

Inmates reportedly staged a three-day hunger strike in protest of congested cells as well as Covid-19 safety regulations.

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