Posted on August 22, 2016
Article by Affiliate Tennessee Gazette
Atmore, Alabama–An Alabama inmate is begging for money to try to pay for his cellphone bill. The inmate was using the popular app Periscope which allows users to live stream video when one of Tennessee Gazette’s reporters recently found his account. Samdriquez Hall is serving a 30 year prison term at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, for a 2009 drive-by shooting which killed 21-year-old Terrance Ponder. Hall streamed several times from his bed telling users to “send me some money so I can pay my cellphone bill.” The Alabama Department of Corrections has the power to issue a Class A misdemeanor with a penalty of up to a year in prison and a $6,000 fine for inmates found with a cellphone. This is not the first time Holman Correctional Facility has been in the news for inmates using their cellphones. In May, prisoners used cellphones to start a riot that injured the former warden and a guard in this facility. Holman Correctional Facility houses Death Row inmates and is the only facility in Alabama that carries out executions.