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Jail tour shows life behind bars

Jail From newly minted Crime Scene blogger Jennifer Lebovich:

I took a step inside a jail cell at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on Tuesday -- don't worry, they let me back out.

It was just part of a media tour through the facility -- part of the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department that currently has about 6,800 people in custody.

Our group of reporters met Sandy, one of four Labrador Retrievers responsible for sniffing out drugs on inmates or visitors to the county's jails. Some of her discovery's include about three ounces of marijuana in the shape of a hockey puck and an ounce of cocaine -- stuffed in a girdle.

The tour took us through a unit that currently houses 41 female inmates sentenced to a drug treatment program. Inside they work, have visits with counselors and can even get acupuncture.

"You don't want to be in jail," said Courtney McKnight, 20, who estimated she's eaten about 100 lunchtime sandwiches since she was locked up four months ago for a probation violation. She is set to be released in mid-March.

Her advice to others: "Stay out of trouble."


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