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Sheriff's Youth Initiative Featured on MSNBC's Documentary Series "Lockup: Extended Stay"

Categories: | Author: sheriff sheriff | Posted: 6/23/2015 | Views: 4466

RIVERHEAD, NY-- Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco’s “Youth Tier Initiative” was the subject of a recent episode of the MSNBC series, “Lockup: Extended Stay-Long Island.”  The episode, which was fittingly titled, “Old School, New School” will replay on Saturday, June 27th at 9 p.m. EST, followed by a new show at 10 p.m. 

The documentary series gives viewers an opportunity to witness real life behind bars in one of the State’s largest maximum correctional facilities, and the episode “Old School, New School” highlighted some of the challenges that often come along with correctional reforms.  Sheriff DeMarco stated, “The series demonstrates the professionalism and exceptional work done by our Suffolk County Correction Officers, and this particular episode depicts some of our innovative approaches to working with young inmates.”

The popular show, which is produced by the production company 44 Blue, filmed at the correctional facility last summer and into the fall of 2014.  The production crew was given unprecedented access to areas within the Yaphank and Riverhead jails, and spent significant time following the day-to-day activities of inmates and staff.

Correction Officers, as well as county inmates, were interviewed and filmed for the series.  “Old School, New School” also featured some of the rehabilitative programs in the jail, including a mural painting educational project that was conducted by the Huntington-based non-profit, Splashes for Hope.

“The Lockup production crew showed a genuine interest in our work and the personal stories shared by the incarcerated men and women at the jail.  I think the public will be interested in and enlightened to the complex challenges our officers face, why some people commit crimes, and ultimately how the criminal justice system impacts people for better or worse,” stated Sheriff DeMarco.

The Suffolk County Correctional System, which is operated by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO), has an average daily population of 1,400 inmates.  It is the fourth largest local jail system in the state and employs 900 Correction Officers.   

For more information about the “Lockup” series and schedule, visit: www.msnbc.msn.com/lockup.

Inmates assigned to the Sheriff's Youth Tier are pictured painting a mural at the Riverhead Correctional Facility.

Young inmates at the Riverhead Correctional Facility painted a mural last year.  The project was sponsored by the Huntington-based organization Splashes of Hope, and was depicted in an episode of MSNBC’s Lockup- Extended Stay. The show will re-air on MSNBC on Saturday, June 27th at 9 pm EST.

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