Stacey Dooley in the USA Series 1

Broadcaster Stacey Dooley reveals some shocking faces of youth in America, meeting young people who are taking extreme action to change their lives.

About Stacey Dooley in the USA

Stacey Dooley first rose to prominence in 2008, at the age of 21, when she appeared as one of the participants on the documentary TV series Blood, Sweat and T-shirts. Originally selected to illustrate the typical fashion-obsessed consumer, Stacey proved a natural within the investigative documentary format and she was given her own series.

Stacey Dooley Investigates, running since 2009, has covered everything from domestic violence to drug smuggling and sex trafficking and now Stacey turns her attention to the young people of America and the struggles they face today.

Episode 1: Girls Behind Bars

In the first episode, Stacey has unique access to young women behind bars at the only boot camp prison for girls in the United States. As more young women are being incarcerated than ever before, one prison in New York State is offering a different solution. Six months' hard time here means a shorter sentence but involves a strict, military-style regime combined with intense therapy. Stacey also visits a medium security prison to explore the alternative the girls would face if they did not opt for the prison boot camp.

Episode 2: Gay to Straight

19-year-old TJ's aim is to marry the girl of his dreams - the only snag is that he's gay. So TJ has turned to 'gay conversion therapy' to try and turn himself straight. Stacey Dooley spends time with TJ and other young gay American men going through this controversial therapy.

Episode 3: Border Wars

The pathway to the American dream is a dangerous one for some - it's a five day trek in ferocious heat. But this gruelling journey is seen as worth it, despite all the hazards of entering and living in the US as an illegal immigrant. In the final episode, Stacey Dooley follows young South Americans risking their lives to cross into the USA and gains unique access to the smuggling operation with the help of a local priest.