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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's an underlying message that getting in trouble with the law is a negative experience. The show offers a voyeuristic look at the process.
Positive Role Models
The people featured on the show are innocent until proven guilty, but a few admit to acting inappropriately.
Violence & Scariness
Inmates are sometimes shown resisting officers; restrained inmates are sometimes wrestled to the ground or maced. Some of the charges discussed include violent incidents, sexual assault, and prostitution.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Newly processed inmates are shown stripping off their clothes to change into jail attire, but no nudity is shown.
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Words like "hell," "ass," "bitch," and "damn" are frequently audible; stronger curses are bleeped. Obscene hand gestures are blurred.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some of those incarcerated are charged with drug-related crimes. Some inmates are drug addicts; a few note how drugs led them to make poor choices and criminal activity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series, which follows people who have been arrested as they go to jail, is best left to older viewers. It contains some strong language ("piss," "bitch"; "s--t," "f--k" are bleeped), some aggressive behaviors, and discussions of criminal charges like prostitution, kidnapping, selling drugs, and sexual assault.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a voyeuristic look at what happens to individuals who are arrested once they are taken into custody, and the various challenges they may face once they are inside. Because of its focus on people who have never been arrested before, it also highlights some of the specific problems they may have adjusting to the system.
The approach is non-judgmental, but it is often hard to remember that these folks are innocent until proven guilty thanks to some of their own comments and behaviors. Nonetheless, it does a good job showing viewers how unpleasant being incarcerated can be.
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