Explainer: Join the crew of Lockup for a closer look inside the Orange County Jail

  • Go behind the bars of Orange County Jail to meet some of the inmates featured in the latest season of Lockup Extended Stay. Photos Courtesy of Jacob Hekter

  • Here to heal

    Orange County Jail inmate Weston Kruger shows off his hand tattoos dedicated to his days as a Mixed Martial Arts cage fighter. “But yeah, harm and heal makes a lot of sense now too, you know, cause I did a lot of harm out there and now I’m here to heal.” Kruger faces as many as 25 years to life after his conviction for robbing and murdering the owner of an Orange County liquor store.

  • Art Class

    Lockup” Director of Photography Brian Kelly watches inmate Shiloh Head make origami in his cell.

  • Gangster Life

    This inmate, who preferred that his name not be used, is a gangster from Northern California. He was arrested in Orange County, where his gang is not welcome. He told producers he would have to start running as soon as he is released since he will most likely be around rival gang members.

  • Schooling

    Eric Wulff, a leader of a skinhead gang called "OC Skins," tries to educate himself by reading a book on small-business management.

  • Cell talk

    Julie Shanholtzer listens to her neighbor Mary Kay Concepcion through the speaker in her cell. She was in fear for her life after witnessing a gang-related murder.

  • Childhood friends reunite

    Shortly after his transfer to the Central Jail, Albert Briceno (right) discovered his cell neighbor was none other than Jeremy Bowles, a childhood friend. While the two will never have physical contact as they’re considered among the most dangerous and violent inmates in the jail, Briceno and Bowles still manage to communicate through the sinks inside their cells. “They're relatively happy and comfortable with each other,” Deputy Grover said.

  • Hard Times

    Albert Briceno, a member of the Hard Times gang, has been transferred to Orange County Jail from a maximum-security state prison in order to appeal his current sentence of more than 150 years on multiple counts of gang-related armed robbery. He’s been trying to disassociate himself from the past, but tells our crew that murder is one of the “easiest crimes that you can get away with.”

  • Rap Sheet

    Jeremy Bowles, who was at Orange County Jail for two years when we met him, has a long criminal and gang history as a member of the Sarzana gang. He has served prior sentences both there and in state prison. His most serious charges include multiple counts of home invasion robbery, and the attempted murder of a police officer during a shootout that followed a high-speed chase.

  • Coming to terms with the past

    While our crew was at Orange County Jail, Bowles found out that his mom died of a brain aneurysm and his uncle died of heart failure. His uncle, he says, was his best friend. Bowles says he has decided to come to terms with the crimes of his past, including admitting to 29 murders.

  • In for life

    Brandyn Scotto has been in jail, by his accounts, “pretty much [his] whole life.”  This time, the O.C. Skins gang member is awaiting sentencing after cops found him in a stolen truck with a bag of burglary tools. “My next prison term's probably gonna be a little bit more violent, because there's gonna be things I need to do and if I don't, then there's gonna be consequences,” he says.

  • Weight of Jail

    Jared Petrovich stays fit behind bars by working out with the approximately 20 pounds of legal paperwork in his cell. “You go until you can’t go no more. You can go all day,” he said. The paperwork has largely accumulated over four years since Petrovich was accused of being the ringleader of one of the Orange County Jail’s most transformative events – the only killing in the jail in more than a decade. He has pleaded not guilty.

  • Clarence Butterfield

    Clarence Butterfield was housed in Orange County’s Theo Lacy Jail for two years awaiting his trial, which was weeks away when this photo was taken. He was later found guilty of murdering his 21-year-old daughter, Rebekkah, whom prosecutors say Butterfield also tortured. 

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