Alabama prison inmates go viral in behind bars #MannequinChallenge

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The “Mannequin Challenge” is being done just about everywhere, including in prison.

A viral video posted to Facebook shows more than forty inmates inside an Alabama prison dormitory posing in the Mannequin Challenge, a recent trend of videos showing people frozen in a common setting.

In the video, the inmates are posing in several different positions and scenarios, appearing to protest prison conditions. The inmates are seen acting out a stabbing and a brawl, but they are also reading, praying and working out.

“Free us… prison reform… free my family!,” read the original post on Facebook, with the hashtags, #ALLlivesMATTER, #GodLovesAll, and #ChaingangChallange.

It’s not exactly clear which prison the video originated in, but the inmates are seen wearing uniforms from the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Prison reform has emerged as a pertinent topic in Alabama after a series of inmate riots from inside Holman Prison in Atmore. In the first series of riots, inmates took over a wing of the prison and video-called the media, claiming their demonstrations were in protest of prison overcrowding and inhumane living conditions.

In recent months, inmates have attacked corrections officers, including one assault that led to the death of a corrections officer at Holman.

As we told you in a WKRG special report earlier this year, smartphones are becoming increasingly common in Alabama prisons. The phones are smuggled into the facility and used to access the web, video chat with family members and friends, and communicate with the outside world.

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