Stacey Dooley in the USA
So back in July our TV development team thought that if we could get access, a women’s prison could be a fascinating place for Stacey Dooley’s next documentary for BBC Three, Girls Behind Bars.
We decided to focus our cameras in one unique institution: Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility in New York State.
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Other than anything that could breach security nothing was off limits to our cameras.
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Many of the women said they were tempted to quit Shock and spend their full sentence in a regular prison.
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