Florida’s Miami-Dade County jail system is one of the largest, most industrial prison complexes in the United States. With a capacity of over fifteen hundred inmates, the prison has long been accused of corruption, abuse of power, and various cruelties towards prisoners.
Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail goes behind bars to take an in-person look at the way that the prison system is run. Theroux spends time in the Pre-Trial Detention Center, where all inmates are theoretically treated as innocent, the “Main Jail” that houses some of the more violent offenders, and the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Boot Camp Program, where young inmates who plead guilty are given a shot at a second chance—if they can endure the brutal, military-style training regimen.
Theroux interviews inmates as young as fourteen years old and gives a brutally honest insight into the American prison system’s strengths and failures.