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ITV orders New York jail series “Life Inside Lockdown”

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the series Life Inside Lockdown, offering unprecedented access into the U.S. justice system, from Voltage TV and BAFTA-winning director Lee Phillips.
February 23, 2016

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered the series Life Inside Lockdown, offering unprecedented access into the U.S. justice system, from BAFTA-winning director Lee Phillips.

Produced by Voltage TV, the 2 x 60-minute films will provide exclusive access into one of upstate New York’s county jails as more than 1,000 inmates – from petty thieves to murderers – await trial.

Cameras will follow inmates as they navigate life inside their cells, kitchens, yards and the Special Housing Unit, in which prisoners live in isolation from the general population under cell lockdown. Additionally, the series will follow inmates to the city’s County Court as they fight for their innocence and progress through the justice system.

The series, which was filmed over a six-month period, will expose how prisoners and facility staff manage the challenges of surviving in a high-pressure environment with the constant threat of gang violence, as well as the toll imprisonment takes on their family and friends.

Life Inside Lockdown was commissioned for ITV by Andrew O’Connell, factual commissioning editor. Voltage’s Sanjay Singhal serves as executive producer on the series, with Phillips series producing and directing.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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