Rock and a Hard Place

Synopsis: A look at the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program, which allows young inmates undergo a strict 4 month course in order to learn from their past mistakes and make a better future for themselves.
Genre: Documentary
Production: Seven Bucks Productions


(crickets chirping)

(door opens)

(door closes)

So, you're probably thinking right now,

"What the f*** have I gotten myself into?"

I understand that.

When I was your age, I

was getting in trouble.

When I was your age, I

started getting arrested.

I know what it's like to f*** up.

I know what it's like

thinking nobody gives a sh*t.

Everybody in this room...

they care.

They're gonna dog you,

they're gonna smoke you,

they're gonna break you down.

But no one here

is gonna f***ing break, you understand?

Sir, yes, sir!

I know this boot camp

program. I believe in it.

And I want the world to see

the importance of this program.

I want the world to see how

powerful this program is.

Show you something.

(camera shutter clicks)

Look at this.

That's your new life.

That's what you look like.

You may not be able to see it right now.

You can't visualize it in your

head, but the day is gonna come,

and it's gonna come like

that... (snaps fingers)

where it's graduation.

- You understand?

- Cadets:
Sir, yes, sir!

No quitting.

Stay strong...

and don't f*** this thing up.

I mean that.

(music playing)

His charges are very serious.

He's facing up to life in prison.

You're going into

the boot camp program

as an alternative to

20 years in prison.

We don't have many second chances,

but you've been granted one.

Don't squander this opportunity

because there will be no other.

When you get to boot camp,

it's gonna be the

shock of your life.

We are gonna beat that demon out of you

that had you on the

streets committing crimes.

(siren wailing)

(door opens)

(brakes squeaking)

- (all shouting)

- Let's go!

Welcome to Miami-Dade County Boot Camp!

(overlapping voices)

Let them off! Let's go!

- Get them off!

- Move, move, move!

Hurry up! Get off the bus!

- Hurry up!

- (shouting continues)

Do not freakin' eyeball me, you understand?

- I say something, you say something!

- Yes, sir! Aye, sir!

- That's a freaking, "Aye, sir!"

- Yes, sir!

Aye, sir! Aye, sir!

I say something, you

say something. Don't look at me!

(door buzzes)

Get them out.

Let's hurry up, hurry up.

Quickly, let's go! I said...

Go! Let's go, let's go!

Today! Let's go! Every... hey, let's go!

- Hurry up! Come on, let's go!

- Officer:
Get them off!

(shouting continues)

This is not easy.

It is not personal.

We have one mission and one mission only.

That's to take you from boys to men.

Somebody your mama can be proud of,

somebody your daddy can be proud of.

You're gonna cry sometime tonight.

You're gonna sweat some tears, trust me.

Your body ain't gonna be able to

take what we're gonna dish out.

I already know it.

You tried it your way all this time.

Look how far it got you.

This is where your way got you.

If you want different results,

you gotta do different things.

If you want the same

results, do the same thing!

- On your feet!

- Cadets:
Sir, yes, sir!

10, nine,

eight, seven, six,

five, four, three, two, and one.

Sir, yes, sir!

Fall in, fall in, fall in. Give

me two lines, give me two lines.

Break off and give me

another line in the front.

Let's go.

If you still

got the street mentality,

hey, you ain't gonna

freaking make it in here.

You're not gonna freaking

make it by yourself.

You need friggin' teamwork to make

it through this friggin' program.

If you ain't got no friggin' teamwork,

you better find some real quick.

- Do you understand that?

- Cadets:
Sir, yes, sir!

(vocalizing commands)

Right face!

For those of you who haven't met me,

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