Land Inside Dallas Jail Between February and May and You Could Wind Up in TV Doc

Like Oz. But real.
Back in November the Dallas County Commissioners signed off on part2 Productions' pitch to shoot a season's worth of Hard Time in the Dallas County Jail on behalf of the National Geographic Channel, which would have taken some 120 days and netted the county upward of $120,000. Alas, we find out via the briefing agenda for commissioners court tomorrow that deal's off -- "due to scheduling conflicts."

Which works out well: As you'll see below Electric Sky Productions, a British production company that brought its 3D equipment into the county jail for a look-inside tentatively called Outsiders, is ready to come back and stick around for a while. Per the pitch:
The planned production is a ten (10) part documentary series exploring life inside Dallas County Jail. The production would also follow inmates through the court process. In each episode, the cameras would catch the real day-lo-day experiences, challenges and the pressures officers face dealing with a variety of unpredictable inmates from new arrestees to maximum security. The series would allow the public to be immersed into the reality of life inside jail and the courthouse to help viewers understand the issues involved in running such a facility.
The earlier short will air on Discovery Channels' 3Net in the spring. Not sure when or where the tentatively titled Inside Dallas Jail will air, only that Electric Sky's getting a price break: Where part2 was to pay $1,000 a day, the Brits are only on the hook for $750. All the details are below. Shooting starts February 13. Pardon ... filming begins February 13. So we're clear. Long story short: Get tossed in county jail in the coming months, and chances are you'll be asked to go on TV. Which is better than appearing in Electric Sky's other Dallas-based doc: The Castration Cure. Inside Dallas Jail

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We've locked up half our population and now use them to entertain us for reality TV shows.

Our prison-industrial complex will be one of those things people at some point look back on and wonder how the hell it didn't outrage more of us. 


I can be outraged all I'd like (and I generally am), but the prison-industrial complex of which you speak has an easily-defined human element that requires, to a man, cognizance and respect for the boundaries of the law.

Now there are multiple battlefields upon which we can wage war on America's incarceration issue, but this is fundamentally a question of ethics and if I've learned one thing about contemporary mores it's that the question of ethics has become so subjectivized as to preclude debate on responsibility in lieu of instinctual disgust with the system that preaches morality.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's hard to fear and respect a legal system that you view as out-of-touch and corrupt. Whether or not that's a valid perspective is really beyond the scope of what you and I are discussing, perhaps even beyond the interests of most men. I hope I'm wrong about the latter point.

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