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.