Facebook Live video from within the prison means additional costs for inmate

Joseph Chavez, 22, takes on a Facebook Live-video in his prison pod in Jefferson County, Colo., on Thursday.


A Colorado inmate who posted a Facebook Live-video in his cell Thursday is now facing additional charges, authorities said.

Joseph Chavez, 22, stole a smartphone after he had been strip-searched in the jail booking area, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office told Fox 31 Denver.

“Chavez and the other prisoner were processed for booking at the same time in the same location. How Chavez was able to steal objects from the other prisoner property bag is part of our procedural review,” Jenny Fulton, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, told the station.

The prison inmate who live streams on Facebook in the cell talking with FOX31

— FOX31 Denver KDVR (@KDVR) on September 15, 2018

Chavez videos counted more than 11,000 views as of Saturday morning.

“You know, I have to this one time, so when I’m out, I’m always like, yup, I have this on my [expletive] Facebook,” he said in his video.

Chavez, who also allegedly stolen cigarettes and a lighter, told Fox 31 that it was easy to steal the items, say: “There were like three agents. … Didn’t even see.”

“There were like three agents. … Didn’t even see.”

– Joseph Chavez

“I’ve just seen that someone the bag if their property bag, and I ended up grabbing it,” he said. “I seen cigarettes there so I was like, I go back to the pod and earn some money.”

Chavez is in jail on charges of alleged burglary in a car, the report said. He is now facing additional charges of theft and introduction of contraband, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We are also reviewing our current policies and procedures to see where improvements can be made, so that this does not happen again,” Fulton said.

Fulton said she can’t disclose how many deputies were working the booking area, according to Fox 31. No employees have been accused or suspected of misconduct, she said.

Jefferson County is about 30 minutes southwest of Denver.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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