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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 12, 2004

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
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SUFFOLK COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTION HIGHLIGHTED ON MTV’S “TRUE LIFE” JAN. 15


Suffolk County House of Correction will be highlighted on an episode of MTV’s reality-based show "True Life: I’m in the System," on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10 p.m.

The documentary features three segments about young people and their involvement with the legal system around the country. At the House of Correction, MTV film crews followed inmate Maurice Jordan as he adjusted to life in prison.

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral allowed cameras inside the prison to show MTV’s audience that there is no glamour behind the walls.

"I hope the generation that watches MTV realize that being in jail isn’t the rite of passage depicted in videos or song," Sheriff Cabral said. "Young people need to understand that they are unprepared for the stress imprisonment inflicts on you, not to mention how a prison record will limit your dreams and aspirations later on in life. What the viewers will see in this segment is an articulate young man, who despite his intelligence, made the wrong choices and ended up in prison," the Sheriff said.

MTV producers interviewed inmates in early October before choosing Jordan. Crews spent several days filming his activities during October and November.

Besides Jordan’s segment, the show also documents a New York City parolee readjusting to life outside jail, and a California woman caring for her children while her boyfriend is incarcerated.


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