Korede was picked along with seven other British tearaways to take part in Channel 4’s Banged Up: Teens Behind Bars, which starts Monday night.
The eight teens spent a week banged up in one of America’s toughest maximum security prisons, where they were subjected to a harsh daily regime alongside real inmates.
They were made to work on chain gangs, shouted at, threatened, belittled, humiliated and treated with contempt. They were referred to only by their prison numbers, never their names, and forced to wear a matching hooped uniform.
The onslaught was so tough that within that week, Korede resolved to change his future. And since his time in the Florida jail last November he has turned his life around.
Korede, from East London, believes that without the experience his life, like those of many other urban youngsters, would have spiralled out of control.