“Camp Scott Lock-Up” is a boring documentary shot within the barbed wire confines of a military-style boot camp for nasty teenage California girls with a talent for assault, attempted murder, drug dealing and prostitution. These not-so-precocious lasses, many of whom have long arrest records, are dressed in Army fatigues and get yelled at by Los Angeles County probation officers trying to act like Marine drill sergeants. The girls are not happy and they tell the camera that they’d rather be somewhere else. A few girls wobble around in advanced states of pregnancy and hope their babies won’t be born while they are incarcerated. The adult supervisors of this boot camp pour canned platitudes about rehabilitation without the slightest iota of sincerity.
Fans of shock-reality television may get a perverse kick watching this variation of the girls behind bars formula. However, it is truly depressing to realize that time, money and videotape was wasted on documenting the lives of some stupid, low-life girls who are saved from being in penitentiaries due solely to their youthful years.
Well-made documentaries are celebrations of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary achievements. “Camp Scott Lock-Up” is a celebration of sub-ordinary people behind bars. Who the hell would want to see that?