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News 3 spends the night in Virginia Beach jail

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Posted at 12:00 AM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 22:48:30-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – You pay for it and you might know someone who has been inside.

Jail can be a scary place and News 3 went deep into what is going on behind bars inside the Virginia Beach Jail.

There are about 1,300 inmates. 52 are accused or convicted of murder and roughly a third are labeled as mentally ill.

News 3 got exclusive access to a surprise raid done at the jail.

On a Saturday morning, 200 guards surprised inmates with a search. This type of raid only happens a few times a year.

You will see what it’s like as guards search the jail in depth and we’ll tell you what they found.

Plus, the Sheriff allowed News 3 Investigative Reporter Margaret Kavanagh to stay the night for a first hand look of what life is like behind bars.

Watch her report Tuesday night on News 3 at 11 p.m.