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Netflix Series 'Jailbirds' Documents Life For Female Inmates At Sacramento County Jail

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Life inside the Sacramento County Main Jail for female inmates is the premise of "Jailbirds," a new documentary series debuting on Netflix this week.

Film crews were allowed access by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

"It's certainly not something that we do regularly,” Sgt. Tess Deterding said. “The producers actually approached the department last spring."

She said the show wound up moving away from the idea originally pitched, which was to highlight the jail's education and vocational services and rehabilitation programs.

“So we kind of looked at it as an opportunity for that,” she said. “But again, it really didn't really turn out that way, not that we're disappointed. I think that there'll be a lot of good things that come out of this."

Besides showing the struggles faced by inmates, Deterding says Jailbirds demonstrates the good things like the human side of the women and the deputies they interact with.

The six-episode series starts on Friday. Watch the trailer below.

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