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MSNBC ‘Lockup’ crew headed to FL prison

by Dara Kam | August 11th, 2011

Santa Rosa C.I. Lt. Andrew Williams and film crew

Florida officials have opened the gates at a Panhandle prison to MSNBC‘s “Lockup” film crew for two months, according to a Department of Corrections press release.

A team from 44 Blue, the production company in charge of the series about life behind bars, began filming this week at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton this month, the release said.

DOC Secretary Ed Buss worked with the production company in his previous post as head of Indiana prisons.

“I have no qualms about them coming into our prisons. I’m proud of our staff and how well our facilities are run, and I hope this will help Floridians understand the challenges we face with our inmate population, as well as the benefits prisons provide to their communities through our programs and re-entry efforts,” Buss said in the release.

The film crew will have “unprecedented access” to inmates and staff who want to be on film, the release said. The prison houses up to 1,614 adult males of all custody levels, including some with mental health issues, according to the release.

The series is expected to go on the air sometime next year.

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2 Responses to “MSNBC ‘Lockup’ crew headed to FL prison”

  1. Unreal Says:

    Funny they went to Santa Rosa instead of Blackwater (private) just a mile down the road. I guess there is not enough action at Blackwater. If anyone acts up at Blackwater they ship them over to Santa Rosa.

  2. sandra Gill Says:

    are they gonna be at the santa rosa county jail or the prison

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