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New Stacey Dooley Doc 'Locked Up With The Lifers' Lands On Sunday

New Stacey Dooley Doc 'Locked Up With The Lifers' Lands On Sunday

Stacey Dooley's brand new documentary lands on BBC Two this Sunday - and it looks like SUCH an interesting watch.

Stacey Dooley: Locked Up With The Lifers sees the journalist spend time in one America's most controversial prisons.

Why? Well Iowa Correctional Institution, a women's prison in the Northwestern state, allows inmates to have pets, 30-year-strong-relationships and the freedom to make phone calls any time they want.

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Stacey will speak to some of the inmates housed at the unusual prison, many of which are serving serving life sentences without parole for horrific crimes.

Stacey and the team follow inmate Judy White, who is serving a life sentence for murder. Judy recommended a hit man to a friend who wanted to kill her husband.

Stacey visits Iowa Correctional Institution (Credit: BBC)
Stacey visits Iowa Correctional Institution (Credit: BBC)

Meanwhile, there's Helenea, Judy's partner. The pair have been in a relationship in prison for 30 years and are inseparable.

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However, they may soon be apart as pensioner Judy is now fighting for an early release.

New BBC Doc Sees Stacey Dooley Visit Controversial Women's Prison Where Inmates Are Allowed Pets And Relationships
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Stacey also meets and interviews prisoner, Barbara Pasa. Barbara is less than a week into her life sentence for allegedly murdering her husband after taking out a life insurance policy for him.

Barbara denies the harrowing crime and finding it hard to cope in the prison, feels very alone - made worse by the fact her children are no longer speaking to her.

She isn't the only one having a difficult time. During her time in the facility, Stacey chats to Cheyanne who was found guilty of murdering her child following a period of neglect.

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There is tension between Cheyanne and the other prisoners and she has found herself in a segregation unit after attacking another inmate.

Stacey spends time with inmates at the controversial prison (Credit: BBC)
Stacey spends time with inmates at the controversial prison (Credit: BBC)

The prison, which seeks to build a humane environment for the women serving time, has been widely criticised by some who thing the prisoners are being treated too leniently.

This certainly sounds too good to be missed!

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: TV and Film, BBC, Stacey Dooley, TV News, TV Entertainment

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.