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Federal inmates post video reports from prison

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This week, CBS46 News revealed inmates in federal prison using smuggled cell phones to communicate on social media.

The feds are investigating two inmates from Tennessee who are housed in the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta.

The inmates were seen in videos reporting on their own antics.

"Hey, what's up everybody? It's your boy Stackhouse Dadon, reporting live from the federal penitentiary," one prisoner is seen saying in one video.

You could call it the Stackhouse and Boo Show, via the federal penitentiary.

"You all stay tuned, man. We'll keep you updated on what's going on in this prison," another prisoner says.

The inmates are actually named Cameron Braswell and Rex Whitlock. In the video they show off their shoes, their stamps and their tattoos in status updates seen on Facebook.

One was convicted of drug charges while the other is jailed on drug and weapons charges.

The show went unnoticed on social media, until the videos and photographs were brought to the attention of the federal prison system.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons confirms it is now investigating, and it's easy to see why the feds are concerned.

Braswell and Whitlock openly talk about using social media while behind bars to communicate with family and friends.

"I look at everybody's comments. Y'all love me," Braswell says in a video. "So keep on commenting, sending friend requests. You already know that I'm gonna accept it, man."

The inmates make no secret of how they're doing it, even when they have problems with the contraband.

"We having some technical difficulties with the video. We don't know how to work these phones," one of the inmates says. "All these buttons and apps."

And on Braswell's page, he even thanks the president and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for reducing prison sentences for drug offenders.

"I'm responsible for being caught for 8 kilos of cocaine down here in Atlanta," Braswell said.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons sent a statement, reading in part:

"Federal inmates are not authorized to use any equipment that would allow for creating videos of themselves inside our prisons."

The spokesman says they're also contacting Facebook about the profiles, and these inmates could now face administrative sanctions and possible prosecution in federal court.

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