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Discovery crew filming at jail

Wed., Oct. 7, 2009

A crew for the Discovery Channel has been filming in the Spokane County Jail.

An episode of the hour-long show “Behind Bars” will explore life at the jail, follow jail guards and focus on three or four inmates, said Jennifer Shaffer, spokeswoman for the crew’s Chicago-based company Towers Production Inc.

One of the inmates could be Cole K. Strandberg, a first-degree murder suspect whom the crew filmed in Spokane County Superior Court late last month. Strandberg, who has said he is schizophrenic, is accused of sexually assaulting and killing Jennifer M. Bergeron, 22, on Jan. 7, 2008.

Crew members attended a hearing in Strandberg’s case and told a court clerk they planned to interview Strandberg at the jail. The crew will be in Spokane for about another week, Shaffer said.

“Behind Bars” was first called “Hard Time” and featured two episodes exploring prison life in Alaska and Indiana. The network ordered three more episodes, Shaffer said.

The episode on the Spokane County Jail could air as early as January, Shaffer said.

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