NSW prisoners become TikTok celebrities using illegal phones in their cells

Australian prisoners are becoming social media celebrities, using contraband phones to gain internet fame from behind bars.

The use of social media by inmates in Australian prisons to share clips of their lives in prison online with a young online audience has prompted an investigation by Corrective Services NSW.

Prisoners are not allowed to have or use mobile phones at correctional centers in Australia, but that hasn’t stopped them from posting on social media platforms like TikTok.

Videos glorifying violence, crime, and prison life find their way into media feeds alongside other seemingly harmless rap and dance videos.

Prisoners caught trying to buy or smuggle a phone into prison can have their sentences extended by up to two years.

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Drill rapper ‘Snoee Badman’ used a runaway prison phone and social media to build an audience for his rap while behind bars

Former wakeboarder Kyle Richardson has been using a contraband cell phone to share his TikTok dances with the outside world after he was jailed in 2020 after a car accident that seriously injured his 18-year-old girlfriend.

Former wakeboarder Kyle Richardson has been using a contraband cell phone to share his TikTok dances with the outside world after he was jailed in 2020 after a car accident that seriously injured his 18-year-old girlfriend.

According to the Daily Telegraph, inmate Kyle Richardson, who calls himself the ‘Prince of Parklea’, has gathered thousands of followers on TikTok by posting videos of him dancing on the prison greens.

Kyle Richardson hasn’t tried to hide his identity and surroundings in his viral videos where his cell phone, uniform, tattoos and face are clearly visible.

The prisoner reached 11,000 followers in a short time with his videos displayed on hundreds of thousands of phone screens.

He was also active on other social media accounts while in prison.

His account has now been deleted after Corrective Services NSW confirmed that the videos were known to them.

One of their videos was captioned: ‘When you see your friends shooting 10s outside but you walked away for abit (sic)’.

The 21-year-old “went into space” in 2020 for a high-speed, MDMA-induced accident on the M1 in Sydney that seriously injured his then-18-year-old girlfriend.

Sharing TikTok dances on the prison greens and in his cell gained Kyle Richardson thousands of followers on social media, but his accounts have now disappeared.

Sharing TikTok dances on the prison greens and in his cell gained Kyle Richardson thousands of followers on social media, but his accounts have now disappeared.

In his Snoee Badman cell (pictured), he produced and shared his raps using voice recording apps and TikTok.

In his Snoee Badman cell (pictured), he produced and shared his raps using voice recording apps and TikTok.

Ex-con and rapper Snoee Badman used a contraband cell phone to film himself raping himself in his prison cell.

One of the videos of the rapper performing in his Long Bay cell received more than 62,000 views on TikTok.

Another video titled ‘Bars Behind Bars’ was watched 42,000 times.

Speaking to a podcast, the rapper said he had several phones during his 10-year ‘brick’ and used a voice recording app to record an entire rap album.

Dogs and search teams are trained to sniff cell phones before a prisoner goes to jail, but many still end up in the hands of inmates.

Usually, smaller contraband phones are smuggled into prisons in the rectum, a prison source said.

The presence of cell phones in Australian prisons puts law enforcement at risk, allowing criminals to communicate and run illegal operations behind bars, and influencing the nation’s youth online.

Corrective Services NSW is testing cell phone jammers at Lithgow and Goulburn Correctional Centers and continues to explore how best to prevent phones from getting into prison.

“Corrective Services NSW takes a zero-tolerance approach to trafficking and is at the forefront of developing and implementing technologies to combat the extraordinary lengths that prisoners go to to smuggle contraband mobile phones,” said a Correctional Services spokesperson.

NSW Minister for Shadow Correctors Tara Moriarty said more jails are needed to promote mobile jamming technology.

“It’s ridiculous that it wasn’t expanded anyway,” he told The Saturday Telegraph.

“Creating social media videos is one thing, but what else are they doing with these phones?”

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