Sirens & Gavels

MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010, 3:07 P.M.

Cable show to feature Spokane jail this week

The Spokane County Jail will be featured on a cable television show this Thursday.

An hour-long episode of the show "Behind Bars" on the Discovery Channel will explore life at the jail and feature interviews with inmates and employees.

“In the Spokane County Jail, accused murderers, rapists and the mentally ill outnumber the staff four-to-one and put an elite force of officers to the test,” according to the program guide for the show.

A television crew for the network filmed in the jail and at Geiger Corrections Center in September and October.

They also filmed in Spokane County Superior Court, including a hearing for mentally ill accused killer Cole K. Strandberg (pictured left being led into a court hearing earlier this month).

The crew told a court clerk they planned to interview Strandberg at the jail.

"Behind Bars" was first called "Hard Time" and featured two episodes exploring prison life in Alaska and Indiana.

On Thursday, three new hour-long segments will air, beginning with the Spokane County Jail at 8 p.m.

The Shelby County Jail in Memphis, Tn., and the Cook County Jail in Chicago also will be featured.

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