Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

Louis spends time in one of Miami County Jail's most notorious sections, where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated.

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Louis meets an alleged triple murderer facing a possible death sentence.

Sat 16 Jul 2011 02:05 BBC One

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  • part 1

    part 1

    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.

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  • part 2

    part 2

    Louis goes deeper into the jail system, meeting an alleged triple murderer facing a possible death sentence. He also follows a group of forty or so younger inmates who have escaped prison by pleading guilty and agreeing to attend a four month military style boot camp.

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  • Clip from Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail Part 1

    Clip from Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail Part 1

    In Miami County Jail the weaker inmates, known as 'ducks' or 'marks', are often preyed upon. They can be victimised and extorted by dominant inmates, as Louis learns from one prisoner.

    Watch the clip - The Game Ain’t Based on Sympathy
  • Clip from Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail Part 2

    Clip from Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail Part 2

    Louis visits boot camp, where some inmates can get a chance at a new life. It’s not an easy option though, shaved heads are compulsory and inmates can expect plenty of hairdryer treatment from the angry staff. This gruelling, military style training programme has a simple ethos – to break them down and build them back up into productive citizens.

    Watch the clip - Welcome to Miami-Dade County Boot camp
  • BBC News Article: Louis Theroux goes to the Miami mega-jail

    BBC News Article: Louis Theroux goes to the Miami mega-jail

    Imagine a jail where dangerous inmates awaiting trial live 24 to a room and fight each other under a violent gladiatorial code. This is life inside Miami's mega-jail, writes Louis Theroux...

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