With prisoners smoking drugs, listening to music and playing with their mobile phones, this is the inside of a jail where inmates "have more power than staff".
A clip taken inside HMP Birmingham this year shows one lag puffing on what appears to be a cannabis joint while others play pool.
Another seemingly shows a prisoner slumped down after seemingly taking the drug Spice behind bars.
The government has finally had enough of poor standards at the G4S-run jail, and has been forced to step in and take control.
Inspectors found the prison in “an appalling state” with high violence, widespread bullying, squalid living conditions and poor control by fearful staff.
In the video which emerged earlier this year, prisoners livestreamed themselves jokingly calling themselves the "slider gang" – due to their matching blue and white striped flip-flops.
One man claims to have a bag of weed and a phone charger.
The video – entitled ‘English jail inside with iPhones smoking Cali’ – was uploaded by a user called Ray in April.
It shows six prisoners lying on a bed in a cell while listening to music while another lag is seen smoking what appears to be a cannabis joint.
One inmate repeatedly says "Cali" which is slang for cannabis, before warning that "the screw is active", in reference to the prison guard.
The video also shows a group of prisoners standing in the rubbish-strewn communal area outside the cells sharing around a rolled up cigarette while others play pool.
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The prisoner shooting the video then comments "jail life" before turning the camera round and telling the viewer, "we can get big thing, small thing".
And another video, passed to Birmingham Live inFebruary, appears to show a motionless prisoner lying face down on their bed.
It is believed he had taken Spice.
Yet another shocking clip from November last year shows prisoners eating cockroaches in a twisted I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! inspired game.
Disturbing footage shows one inmate declare “I’m A Celebrity, get me out of HMP Birmingham!” as he is dared to scoff the insects in a mock bushtucker trial .
The creatures appear to have been plucked from the floor and placed on a plastic tray – just like the ITV reality show.
The MoJ decision to take over the prison comes as the chief prisons inspector has invoked a special measure calling on the Justice Secretary David Gauke to launch an urgent and independent enquiry into the crisis.
In a letter sent to David Gauke on 16 August, Peter Clarke demanded an explanation for how the prison had “been allowed to deteriorate so dramatically” since its last inspection 18 months ago.
Inspectors found that out of the 70 recommendations made at the previous inspection – just 14 had been achieved while none of the main recommendations concerning violence, staff-prisoner relationships, poor regimes and a lack of focus on education, training and work had been met.
The damning letter reveals a catalogue of failures and paints a picture of a total loss of control on the part of the G4S management.
HMP Birmingham has the largest volume of assaults (1,434) of all prisons in the year to July 2018.
Experts found that the assaults were often serious and that prisoners and staff frequently needed hospital treatment.
As a result a number of prisoners were isolating themselves in their cells.
Those the inspectors found wee locked in their cells for over 23 hours – sometimes even 24 hours a day but they still felt unsafe describing ongoing intimidation “including other prisoners squirting urine or throwing faeces through their broken observation panels”.
Staff were often targeted, including in an arson attack during the week of the inspection which destroyed nine staff vehicles (seven belonging to staff and two being used by the inspection team) in a car park next to the prison.
When it came to drugs inspectors found that they were being used quite openly while testing suggested a third of prisoners were using illicit substances.
One in seven said they had developed a problem with illicit drugs since they had been in Birmingham.
Meanwhile in the 18 months between inspections three prisoners took their own lives.
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