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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 6, 2003

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
(617) 989-6650


MTV’S “TRUE LIFE” TO DOCUMENT DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN INMATE AT SOUTH BAY


MTV will film a documentary about the life of a young offender in prison as part of its upcoming series “True Life: I’m in the System,” scheduled to air Dec. 4.

The reality-based show will follow one inmate for several days at the Suffolk County House of Correction at South Bay, recording the daily routine of the offender.

The Boston segment is one of a three-piece criminal justice episode. The other two segments will follow a young parolee in New York and a woman whose boyfriend is incarcerated in Oakland, CA.

This is the second MTV video crew to visit South Bay in a month. Last month, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department was being considered for another reality-based documentary about prison life, but show producers selected a prison in Texas instead.

“It’s important that the young viewers of MTV understand that prison is not a rite of passage. Having a prison record carries with it enormous repercussions that will affect you, your family and your career for the rest of your life,” said Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral.


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