The pictures and video uncovered from Instagram and Facebook in our investigation depict blatant contraband use inside the Hinds County Detention Center. The images show inmates smoking cigarettes and perhaps marijuana, and using cell phones.
The Instagram images were posted in the past few days by someone with username "Blackgohard". The Facebook snapshots we saw date as far back as December 31.
We called the Sheriff's Department. Spokesman Othor Cain says they've been investigating since late last week.
We asked if there is ever a time inmates can use cell phones.
"No, that's prohibited," said Cain. "But it's a common practice across the country. Not making any excuses, but they're smart, people are smart. When we're made aware of situations like these, we get to the bottom of it."
Smoking is also prohibited, inside and outside the jail.
Brand new Jail Administrator Dianne Gatson-Riley is looking into all of it, so is the county's Internal Affairs Division.
"We are working to find out when it happened, how it happened, who was around," said Cain. "There is a possibility where additional charges could be leveled against these individuals. If it is determined that our employees had anything to do with it, termination could happen but it's very early, it's too early in the investigation to say what if anything."
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