In the fictional series Life , Detective Charlie Crews spends twelve years in Pelican Bay for a triple homicide he did not commit, part of it spent in the SHU, as the background of the series' plot. In the TV series The Shield , the main character, Vic Mackey regularly threatens recalcitrant suspects with only the name of the prison. In the 2001 film Training Day , Alonzo Harris, the character portrayed by Denzel Washington , tells everyone in one of the last scenes that they are going to "be playing basketball in Pelican Bay" if they mess with him, continuing to say "SHU program, Nigga" referencing the solitary confinement portion of the prison. Pelican Bay is also referenced in two films directed by Michael Mann . In Heat , the psychopathic character Waingro, portrayed by Kevin Gage , admits to having spent time in "the SHU at Pelican Bay" during his most recent stint in prison. In Miami Vice , the characters of Crockett and Tubbs , portrayed by Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx , are given fictitious criminal identities before they go undercover, which among other things imply that the two met while serving time in Pelican Bay. And in S05E10 of Major Crimes , a prisoner named Hecht is threatened with a transfer to Pelican Bay and the; "worst of the worst", if he does not cooperate, which he then does.