By KATIE McLAUGHLIN
HAMPTON COUNTY, S.C. (Court TV) – While the sudden wave of shirtless Alex Murdaugh snapshots flooding news outlets and social media pages may seem cringe-y on the surface, they provide a fascinating window into what life behind bars is like for the newly convicted double murderer.
Murdaugh, who’s currently serving two life sentences at McCormick Correctional Institution in South Carolina, was given a prison-issued tablet that automatically photographs him whenever he logs on. That’s why he can be seen shirtless in his cell. (It’s summer in South Carolina, after all.)
The South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) began issuing tablets to inmates back in 2020.
FITSNews obtained some of those photographs from the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
At the warden’s discretion, Murdaugh is able to monitor the appeals process in his murder case, attend certain hearings virtually, and keep track of his upcoming cases involving fraud and financial crimes on his prison-issued tablet.
According to the SCDC, the tablets cost the department nothing. Rather, they are provided for free by a company called GTL Solutions, which in turn makes money by selling various entertainment subscriptions to inmates.