Quite a different pace than the other reality TV Netflix originals like Queer Eye. Girls Incarcerated: Young and Locked Up is a grim view on girls who are locked up in Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility in Madison, Indiana. The show is a documentary which looks into the lives of particular inmates in Juvie.
These are all young girls under the age of 18 who have committed crimes worthy of prison but are too young to join population. The Correctional Facility is the kind of limbo or stepping stone for these young ladies before they end up spending life in prison if they cannot clean up their act.
The show is very interesting in the fact that each featured character has a different story and issues that led to their arrest. Some girls are in Madison because they have no where else to go while others keep committing crimes and returning because they just cannot get it together. The hot mess factor of the women make the show all the more worth it to binge.
These girls are a hot mess, a train wreck or slow moving car crash that just seems impossible to ignore or look away from. It is almost sad in a way to see how most of the girls actually benefit being in the system rather than out in the real world attempting real life. The show only has 1 season with 8 episodes in it. Each episode is about 30 minutes long and focuses on the same few girls who have opted in to be filmed and interviewed.
The show does get a little repetitive and boring at times but it did captivate us long enough to binge all 8 episodes. We suggest you watch the first 2 episodes and then decide if you will be able to make it through the series. We found the show to be hilarious and refreshing as well as sad at times.
The truth of the matter is that most of these girls live in environments or areas where they are build to fail. They can’t escape and most turn to drugs and alcohol and violence to get by. While those things are prevalent everywhere it just gives a deeper look into the life of a troubled teen that most other shows have not shown. Madison Correctional Facility really does have methods in place to help these girls succeed and prosper once they get out.
The fun part of course is all the prison drama and romances on camera. The girls will often form romances with each other or fights that get them in trouble and extend their stay. While the drama wasn’t as good as an episode of Real Housewives, it was good enough for a day long binge in the bed desperately seeking a new Netflix show to fill the void that Queer Eye left in our heart. We say it is a MEH level show but worth it if you like prison shows or documentary style shows.
2/5 stars for this show and a 4/10 rating for binge worthy success
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