Vogue travels to America, a country with the highest per-capita number of female prisoners in the world – 57 of them currently held under sentence of death. And, on the flip side, 37% of correction officers in the US penal system are women. Vogue experiences life as an inmate at The Miami-Dade Prison Bootcamp in Miami, Florida, home to almost 100 convicted Felons aged 16 – 24 and one of the toughest prison regimes in the US. Except Miami-Dade is different, from Head Warden Lieutenant Green down to the tough-as-tarmac drill sergeants – the bootcamp is run almost entirely by women.
Vogue also travels to The Lowell Female Correctional Institute in Ocala, Central Florida currently home to five female death row prisoners. There she meets convicted murderer Emilia Carr who, at 30 years of Age, is the youngest female prisoner on Death Row in America.
In America, there is a startling statistic that stands out: the highest per capita rate of female prisoners in the world. Currently, 57 women are held under sentence of death. On the other hand, 37% of prison officers working in the US penal system are women. To understand this complex reality, Vogue has taken an inside look at two correctional facilities: The Miami-Dade Prison Bootcamp and The Lowell Female Correctional Institute.
At The Miami-Dade Prison Bootcamp in Miami, Florida, Vogue experienced life as an inmate amongst almost 100 felons aged 16 to 24. This prison regime is known to be one of the toughest in the US – yet one surprising difference is its leadership: it is run almost entirely by women. From Head Warden Lieutenant Green to drill sergeants hardened by experience on the tarmac, a unique culture has been created with gender roles flipped; something seldom seen elsewhere in correctional facilities across America.
Vogue also visited The Lowell Female Correctional Institute in Ocala, Central Florida – home to five female death row prisoners. There they met Emilia Carr, who at 30 years old was then the youngest female prisoner on Death Row in America. Her story highlighted a difficult but real fact about our penal system – that innocent lives can become caught up within it as well as those guilty of crimes.