“Jailbirds” turns prison into reality TV

The Netflix series, Jailbird, depicts the life of inmates trapped in prison.

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The Netflix series, Jailbird, depicts the life of inmates trapped in prison.

Kim Samuel , Staff Writer

The Netflix series Jailbirds shows what life is like for incarcerated women in a Sacramento County jail.

Women fight for dominance, attempt to find love, and overall try to make the best of their situations. Young viewers need to be cautioned about the constant use of profanity, explicit talks about sex, and threats of violence.

The show blurs the reality of jail life and converts it into a reality TV show by making violent offenders into protagonists.

One episode shows a male inmate and a female inmate, who are held on separate floors, communicate through toilets as their newfound love grows. The male inmate has a history of abuse towards his wife, but that’s given less significance for the sake of portraying this jail relationship.

In short, Jailbirds is essentially a real-life version of Orange is the New Black.

It follows the patterns of every other crime drama series. It shows the disadvantages of being behind bars and how inmates live, yet the series make it seem like prison life is not as bad as it seems, which can be dangerously influential on younger generations.