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Federal inmates post video reports from behind bars

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First, it was state prisons, and now the Channel 4 I-Team has found more outrageous behavior behind bars. Inmates were seen in videos reporting on their own antics from a federal lockup.

The government is now investigating a pair of inmates from Tennessee who are housed in the United States penitentiary in Atlanta.

That investigation began after the Channel 4 I-Team exposed prisoners using contraband devices to, in their words, "broadcast live" from a place you'd think would be locked up tight.

"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 in Atlanta.

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

These Tennessee natives, actually named Cameron Braswell and Rex Whitlock, show off their shoes, their stamps and their tattoos in the same kinds of videos and pictures in status updates seen every day on Facebook, except they're federal inmates.

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

Until the Channel 4 I-Team brought these videos and pictures to the federal prison system, the show went unnoticed on social media.

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 eight kilos of cocaine down here in Atlanta," Braswell said.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons denied a request from the Channel 4 I-Team for an interview but sent us statement, reading in part:

"Federal inmates are not authorized to use any equipment that would allow for creating videos of themselves inside our prisons. We immediately conduct investigations into these matters."

The prisons bureau 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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