Stacey Dooley: Locked Up With The Lifers



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Wild Pictures





Stacey Dooley’s latest emotional film takes her to Iowa’s ‘Correctional Institute for Women’, a new purpose built $80 million jail with 700 inmates.

Stacey is here to get to know one particular group - the “Lifers”, who make up around 10% of the prison population. They are the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who have said ‘goodbye forever’ to the ones they love.

These are women hidden from mainstream society, leading parallel existences behind bars. Stacey does her ‘time’ inside the prison with a carefully cast group of lifers, their families and the staff who look after them and is driven to understand how they cope with the double blow of being written off forever by society as well as the permanent loss of liberty, love and affection that is a sentence. She asks what it’s like to know you will never again live in your own home, cook a family meal or share the rhythm and emotions of daily life with your family? As Stacey gets to know the ‘Lifers’, and gains insight into their lives, her feelings, and ours, are tested…

Many lifers have committed horrendous crimes. Often a complex chain of events has led them through the gates…unthinkable traumas and abuse precede crimes. In living with the lifers Stacey is able to document the unique experience of being a female lifer, with all the drama, emotions, twists and turns that they bring. Amidst the pain, guilt and suffering; there is humour, kindness and resourcefulness in this moving documentary.

Series 1: 1x60 | HD | 2020

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