Unscripted

ID goes behind bars with “Women in Prison”

U.S. net Investigation Discovery is going behind the walls of a maximum security Indiana women's prison in the three-part docuseries Women in Prison (pictured).
May 14, 2015


U.S. net Investigation Discovery is going behind the walls of a maximum security Indiana women’s prison in the three-part docuseries Women in Prison (pictured).

Produced by Gold Rush  firm Raw TV, the 3 x 60-minute series goes inside a 600-person women’s prison and explores the lives of such inmates as a suburban soccer mom, a high school art teacher and a preacher’s daughter.

The series features two women in each episode and combines “the reality of prison life” with dramatic recreations of each woman’s story. According to a release by the net, “As viewers get to know these women, they will be desperate to learn what crimes each committed, culminating in a shocking revelation at the very end of each episode.”

Women in Prison is incredibly honest, raw and emotionally engaging in a way that really sets the series apart,” said Henry Schleiff, group president at Discovery, in a statement.

“This is a world that television viewers think they know from series like Orange is the New Black but, as is so often the case, the reality of this unseen and unknown world is often more interesting than even the most compelling fiction,” he continued.

Women in Prison is to debut on June 11 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

About The Author
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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