BBC - BBC Two Programmes - Louis Theroux, Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail, Part 1
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In the first episode of this two-part series, Louis spends time in one of the most notorious sections of Miami County Jail: the fifth and sixth floor of 'Main Jail', where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated.
Held in large cage-like dwellings for up to 24 men, the inmates have developed a strange and violent jail culture. The men - who remain in the cells almost all the time and may only leave for yard time twice a week - live under the sway of a gladiatorial code. They fight each other for food, for status, and often just to pass the endless hours of confinement. Trips to the infirmary are a frequent occurrence as inmates are viciously attacked and beaten, but the guards say they are powerless to end the abuse.
Sun 22 May 2011, 21:00, BBC Two (England, Scotland, Wales only)
Sun 22 May 2011, 22:30, BBC Two (Northern Ireland only)
Mon 23 May 2011, 23:20, BBC Two (England, Northern Ireland, Wales only)
- Miami Mega-Jail
So we have a new show coming up this Sunday May 22, the first installment of a two-parter entitled Miami Mega-Jail. Its about life in one of Americas toughest and most violent jails, in particular the two floors of the Main Jail in which many of the most volatile and unmanageable inmates reside. Some of you may recall that we made a documentary about San Quentin prison a few years ago. Believe it or not, what we experienced in Miami was even more extreme. Unlike prisons, the inmates of jails are mostly pre-trial. They have not been convicted and are technically innocent. Something about this atmosphere of uncertainty, as well as the sheer scale of the place (7000 inmates), makes it all the more chaotic and volatile at least, in the areas reserved for problem inmates. On the fifth and sixth floors there are up to 24 men per cell and a gladiatorial code exists in which inmates are expected to fight to prove themselves. We taped the two episodes over the course of a couple of months, starting late last year. Ill post a bit more about it when I have time. Thats it for now!