SHOUT OUT: Beginning March 1, MSNBC’s prison documentary series “Lockup” will feature six episodes about the Bergen County Jail, using interviews and footage of inmates and corrections officers and screen shots taken from CLIFFVIEW PILOT.
Members of 44 Blue Productions spent nearly four months at the county jail in Hackensack last year researching “Lockup,” which explores prison facilities throughout the U.S.
“Working with the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, we recently filmed at the Bergen County Jail interviewing numerous inmates, including some of those whose stories have been covered by CliffviewPilot.com in recent days and also going back some years,” producer Ray Haimes said.
The six BCJ episodes are scheduled for 10 p.m. each Saturday beginning March1.
Whether the show will win new followers — or hold onto current loyalists — is still open.
“I’m not feeling the county [jails],” Michelle Armstead, one of the program’s fans, wrote. “We wanna see the ones where they shank you with hardened toilet paper.”
“They need to go to Trenton State, Rahway and Bayside State,” added Jennifer Virgilito-Reilly.
“I want to glimpse into the mind of real criminals, not people who are being held on drug charges,” Misty McCormick wrote.
Plenty of jokesters have already weighed in, as well:
“This is gonna be better than Real Housewives of NJ! Oh wait! It might be a 2 for 1 deal,” wrote Angela Bubb.
“You’ll have to go film there again when the NJ governor and all of his staff and cronies are locked up,” added Karen Hedstrom.
“Show some executions,” wrote Scott Hallett.
“Our corrections officers and staff at the jail are dedicated to running an efficient operation,” Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino said. “I am very thankful for their professionalism, and I look forward to their hard work being showcased in this documentary.”
As Saudino noted: The BCJ is “designed and is operated in accordance with constitutional standards, to meet accreditation set by the American Correctional Association and the New Jersey State Department of Corrections.
“In addition, the Jail meets standards for health care established by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Most recently in August 2013, the Jail received a passing rating by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inspection team for the work done in housing ICE detainees.”