"Then we added a lot of prison cliches," Akerlund said. "Like the guards being rude and the girls having a lot of attitude. For us, it was more about drawing a picture and creating a world than having a deeper meaning."
The lesbian kiss that happens in the jail exercise yard was something that Akerlund said wasn't planned.
"It wasn't in our treatment," Akerlund said, "It was something we came up with while we were shooting. We believe it is something that is happening in both men's and women's jails and it is part of the picture in our made-up prison world. It was sexy and fun to play with."
In one of the scenes in Gaga's prison cell she appears wearing only yellow 'Crime Scene: Do Not Cross' police tape.
Vicks believes the crime scene tape is a very literal representation of how the greater culture is scared of the criminal female.