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"Lockdown" plunges viewers headfirst into life in the "big house," the gritty underworld of America's maximum-security prisons, where gangs are prevalent, predators stalk their next prey and inmates are armed with deadly weapons. But prison officials have their own weapons in the form of modern surveillance and old-time isolation -- plus steel batons and pepper spray -- to help keep the peace in these miniature war zones.

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aired 7 days ago
Three recruits struggle with their inexperience in the prison environment at Wyoming State Penitentiary.
aired 7 days ago
The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
aired 7 days ago
Iowa's Fort Dodge Correctional Facility staff must find unique ways to handle the impulsive, immature and often violent men, ages 18 to 25, that it houses.
aired 14 days ago
Inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, Calif., participate in nearly 200 gang-related fights a year.
aired 14 days ago
The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
aired 21 days ago
Violent juvenile felons are given one last chance at rehabilitation at Colorado's Youthful Offender System, where failure means continuing on to prison.
aired 21 days ago
Inmates go to great lengths to try to break out of Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility.
aired 21 days ago
Officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.
airs today
Tensions threaten to erupt at any moment at the St. Louis County Jail.
aired 28 days ago
Maryland struggles to contain all of its female felons in one prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
aired 28 days ago
Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
aired 28 days ago
Sacramento County Jail; a couple is charged with torture; a woman's addictions land her in jail; rumors of an imminent attack against officers.
aired 28 days ago
To survive behind bars, inmates must find their place and a balance between prison protocol and the convict code.
aired 28 days ago
A look behind the scenes at some of the country's most secure prisons and how inmates are passing drugs, weapons and deadly orders.
aired 28 days ago
Life in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons, Centro do Ejecucion do Sanciones.
aired 28 days ago
After 14 years in prison, a convicted armed robber finds his first 90 days on the outside even tougher than the world he is leaving behind.
aired 28 days ago
The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
aired 28 days ago
Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
airs today
The Mexican Mafia battles a local prison gang at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas.
airs in 7 days
California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
aired 45 days ago
Inmates in the largest county jail in Denver take advantage of the run down facility to make weapons before being moved.

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