Stacey Dooley In The USA will explore some of the biggest and most extreme social issues and trends affecting young Americans for the BBC.
The three part series, which will air on BBC Three, starts with Gangs, Guns And Innocent Victims. Stacey travels to Chicago, which has the highest level of gun related murders in the US, the highest level of murder of people under 25 and the highest level of these murders being committed by the under 25s.
Stacey will meet both the innocent victims, and the youth sucked into the world of gang crime. She will follow the Sheriff’s police officers as they deal with the ceaseless violence, talk to the community leaders and ex-gang members trying to put a stop to it all and witness the aftermath of one shooting where a military grade weapon leaves 13 people wounded including a 3-year-old child.
In The Real Juno, Stacey will spend time with young girls who are faced with the impossible decisions of what to do when you are faced with an unwanted pregnancy. Unlike in the UK, many young girls make the choice to put their child up for adoption and in the US they can choose the adoptive parents, maintaining contact with their child after they have handed it over. But parting with the child that has grown within you for 9 months soon after its born is never going to be easy.
Lastly, Oxbow is just one of a gowing number of schools that accept boys aged between 13 and 18 for ‘sexual rehab’, where in the majority of cases the boys have trouble with porn addiction and with controlling sexual impulses. Sent here by anxious parents, the teens can be in residential rehab for months at a time without knowing when their stay will come to an end.
Broadcast details will be released at a later date.