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New show explores ‘Life After Lockup’

New MSNBC show revisits some of the more interesting 'Lockup' inmates.

By Drew Johnson
CorrectionsOne Editor

Roy Slagle is a corrections officer’s worst nightmare.

Originally featured in an episode from the hit MSNBC prison documentary ‘Lockup,’ Slagle is seen routinely refusing to cuff-up or leave his cell, which leads to intense cell extractions that look as much like gladiatorial fights as CERT operations.

In one particularly memorable clip (posted below), Slagle, who was a prisoner at Colorado State Penitentiary, wrestles with six officers before the extraction team is able to subdue the inmate.

Roy and his twin brother Ray, who was also a prisoner of the Colorado Department of corrections, are just two of the compelling characters that made MSNBC’s prison reality shows successful. Ray, a prolific hustler, and Roy, the disruptive wild man, have both been released from prison, and their post-release stories will be a part of the one-hour pilot of ‘Life after Lockup,’ a new reality show by MSNBC.

“This is a series our viewers have been clamoring for and I don’t think they will be disappointed,’ MSNBC Executive Producer Elise Warner said in a statement. “There are some startling ups and downs in the lives of the inmates we profile on ‘Life After Lockup.’”

The pilot episode, which airs this Sunday at 1am EST, will also revisit the stories of Paul Komyatti during his release from Indiana State Prison and in his new life at a work-release center, and Ronnie Tye, who was married to his wife at an in-prison wedding.

These are the kinds of stories that officers don’t often get to hear, unless their inmates make their way back into prison after catching another charge.

Are you a fan of the ‘Lockup’ series of shows on MSNBC? Leave your thoughts in the comments section of this article.

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