Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars: Medium Length (2004)

In the U.S. one out of every five men are raped during incarceration. Turned Out: Sexual Assault Behind Bars looks beyond the shock and inhumanity of prison rape to the intricate social hierarchy that keeps it alive. The film goes deep inside Alabama’s infamous Limestone penitentiary to uncover what Hollywood portrayals leave out: the long-term causes and consequences of prison rape.

With a startling lack of inhibition, a group of five inmates, a sort of jailhouse clan, reveal the workings of an elaborate inner society with its own political system and its own economy—a society where men sell their bodies for bags of coffee or chips, where sex is the gold standard, and where makeshift families are cobbled together out of fear.
At the film’s alarming conclusion, members of the once almost contented clan at Limestone, in the face of it’s disintegration, vividly describe the desperate rape of a new inmate, who upon his release, tells his family he had ‘been away at college for four years’. The first prison documentary to use High Definition videography, Turned Out, given the recent ban on filming inside most prisons, may well be one of the very last authentic prison documentaries.

Prior to DVD release, the VHS is available from domestically and from internationally.