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Bad Boys Behind Bars: An Analysis of "Jail" and "Inside Jail"

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American audiences have been fascinated by the world of law enforcement presented by John Langley’s reality television program "Cops." In 2007, Langley took the popular formula he developed for "Cops" and transferred it to another criminal justice institution—the county jail. The result is two programs, "Jail" and "Inside American Jail," which purport to depict the reality of life in jail. Since media images of incarceration are rare, the images and messages sent to the viewing audience have the potential to shape views about incarceration. The purpose of this study is to examine how these two programs depict county jail. In order to determine the accuracy of the images presented and the messages associated with these images, a sample of episodes from both programs were analyzed. Similar to media images of prison these programs appear to focus on the most exciting and dangerous aspects of incarceration, thereby sending distorted messages about the reality of jail life.
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Cecil, Dawn. "Bad Boys Behind Bars: An Analysis of "Jail" and "Inside Jail"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371551_index.html>

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Cecil, D. K. , 2009-11-04 "Bad Boys Behind Bars: An Analysis of "Jail" and "Inside Jail"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p371551_index.html

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Abstract: American audiences have been fascinated by the world of law enforcement presented by John Langley’s reality television program "Cops." In 2007, Langley took the popular formula he developed for "Cops" and transferred it to another criminal justice institution—the county jail. The result is two programs, "Jail" and "Inside American Jail," which purport to depict the reality of life in jail. Since media images of incarceration are rare, the images and messages sent to the viewing audience have the potential to shape views about incarceration. The purpose of this study is to examine how these two programs depict county jail. In order to determine the accuracy of the images presented and the messages associated with these images, a sample of episodes from both programs were analyzed. Similar to media images of prison these programs appear to focus on the most exciting and dangerous aspects of incarceration, thereby sending distorted messages about the reality of jail life.


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