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Behind Bars

Louis travels to California to spend two weeks in the notorious San Quentin State Prison. Built in 1852, San Quentin is dangerously overcrowded.

Another chance to see the BAFTA award winning presenter travelling to northern California to visit America's notorious San Quentin State Prison.

Built in 1852, San Quentin is one of America's oldest prisons and suffers from chronic overcrowding. Although famous for its death row the prison's main task is to house a transient population of 3,000 murderers, sexual predators and small-time criminals.

Louis spends two weeks with these inmates and quickly discovers that they inhabit a strange world within a world with its own rules and its own brutal code of conduct.

He meets amongst others David Silva who is serving 521 years and 11 life sentences and is locked down for 23 hours a day. Silva's crimes as he describes them 'would never be forgotten' and he talks of how he faces up to the prospect of never leaving prison.

Louis meets Deborah and Rob a transgender couple who live like husband and wife and how Deborah feels that after 20 years of continual offending, San Quentin now feels like home.

11 months left to watch

1 hour

Last on

Mon 7 May 2012 22:00

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Louis Theroux
Producer Stuart Cabb
Director Stuart Cabb

Broadcasts

  • Sun 13 Jan 2008 21:10
  • Thu 24 Jan 2008 23:20
  • Thu 24 Jan 2008 23:50
  • Wed 13 Feb 2008 01:45
  • Sun 15 Jun 2008 22:00
  • Wed 17 Dec 2008 23:20
  • Wed 17 Dec 2008 23:30
  • Fri 6 May 2011 00:20
  • Mon 7 May 2012 22:00

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