Girls Behind Bars (Stacey Dooley)


The first episode in Stacey Dooley’s trilogy of documentaries in the USA, in Girls Behind Bars (2012) she visits the only boot camp for females in America. The girls enter the aptly named Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility to face having their heads shaved, harsh drills at 5.30am, and strict punishment for any deviation from the rules.

If the girls fail the bootcamp in New York state they have to serve their sentence in a medium-security woman’s prison. Only women convicted of non-violent crimes with a sentence of less than three years are eligible to instead attempt to pass a six month bootcamp. Dooley also visits this prison to see what the girls will experience if they don’t pass. See more Stacey Dooley documentaries here

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