The inmate also appears to be communicating with several of his Facebook friends - one of whom he refers to as his "baby momma".
Rivera, who is serving time for a 2014 burglary conviction, has been using * a href="http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/i-fking-killed-my-sister-teen-livestreams-fatal-car-crash-instagram-1631670" target="_blank" *the livestreaming video platform to communicate with people on the outside including his partner and sending threats to a man allegedly communicating with his child's mother.
"Baby momma is tripping", he says. And she loving me, though.
"I'm live in this b-ch", he can be heard saying.
Although he is locked up, Jose Ariel Rivera has continued to have an active presence on social media, brazenly posting statuses and Facebook Live videos.
The videos came to WLTX's attention after a viewer sent them in because she said the South Carolina Department of Corrections didn't respond to her when she went to them about them.
Rivera had been reprimanded in March for a social networking violation.
Earlier this year, an inmate at Lieber Correctional Institution was able to escape thanks largely in part due to a contraband cell phone.
"It is senseless to me that the federal government continues to prohibit state agencies and state corrections officials from blocking cell phones", SLED Director Mark Keel said at the time.
"We've been very vocal about cell phone contraband...not only in our prisons, but in corrections departments across the country". Just last month, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked federal officials to allow state prisons to jam cellphone signals to keep prison safer.
We spoke with state Sen.
Records show that over the past five months Rivera lost canteen, television and visitation privileges because he had a cell phone or was attempting to get one, the outlet reported. Brad Hutto, who sits on the Senate panel tasked with investigating issues within the Department of Corrections, and also showed him the videos. "That should not happen".
Beyond using cell phones to reach the outside world and boast about in-prison exploits, prisoners have also used cell phones to access social media and organize work strikes. "This why the FCC should allow prisons across the country to block cell phones".
The problem is nationwide, but SC prisons have garnered particular attention due to media reports exposing the prevalence of the problem there.
"Most of these folks have victims that are associated with their crimes, and the victim should not be subjected to seeing anymore of the shenanigans that's going on with these Facebook posts and Twitter or whatever they're using to get these messages out", said Hutto.