Seven inmates were sentenced to a combined total of 20 years in solitary confinement for making a music video that landed on WorldStarHipHop, Buzzfeed reports.
The inmates were punished for “creating or assisting with a social media website.” While five of the inmates were sentenced to 180 days in disciplinary detention, one inmate was sentenced to 270 days while another was to serve 360 days. But they were hit hard for having a contraband cell phone and gang-related materials, adding a total of 7,150 days, or over 19 years, to their solitary confinement sentences.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the average time spent in solitary confinement is 512 days.
They also lost phone, canteen and visitation privileges as well as and good time accrued. The seven men are serving time for charges like armed robbery and voluntary manslaughter.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections changed the solitary confinement policy in February, making 60 days the maximum sentence in solitary confinement. They also ruled that a social media post is not an individual infraction.
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