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California prison officials investigate ‘Mannequin Challenge’ jail video by inmates using contraband cell phones

December 11, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
California prison officials investigate ‘Mannequin Challenge’ jail video by inmates using contraband cell phones

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Officials at a California prison have launched an investigation into a viral video involving a group of inmates, who recorded a jailhouse version of the “Mannequin Challenge” holding contraband cell phones.

The one-minute video clip titled “Mannequin Challenge: Prison,” was uploaded on Youtube back on Nov. 13th, by a user named “tben916.”

Footage shows prison inmates at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) in Otay Mesa, participating in the viral trend, which involves people standing completely frozen in motion while a moving camera records them, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The jail video shot by an unidentified person begins with inmates holding frozen in motion in a bathroom and included one man sitting on a toilet bowl.

The camera then pans into what appears to a jail cell with an inmate reading, another holding a cellphone, and two men imitating a fight scene.

The end of the video shows a prisoner in his bunk, also holding a cellphone.

On Thursday, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Terry Thornton confirmed the video, was recorded at the detention center.

Thorton added prison officials are investigating the video and are trying to determine how the inmates came in possession of the contraband cell phones, which remain prohibited at the jail.

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