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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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California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
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Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution is overfull and behind the times.
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Inmates go to great lengths to try to break out of Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility.
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The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
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The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
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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.
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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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Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
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Maryland struggles to contain all of its female felons in one prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
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Officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.
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The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
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The Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois is one of America's most perilous prisons, with 60 percent of the inmates serving time for murder and 20 percent for rape and other violent crimes.
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Inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, Calif., participate in nearly 200 gang-related fights a year.
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Violent juvenile felons are given one last chance at rehabilitation at Colorado's Youthful Offender System, where failure means continuing on to prison.
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The Mexican Mafia battles a local prison gang at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas.
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Three recruits struggle with their inexperience in the prison environment at Wyoming State Penitentiary.
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One in four inmates in the Utah State Prison has gang ties, with members of one gang's loyalties so extreme that they put it first at any cost.
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Sacramento County Jail; a couple is charged with torture; a woman's addictions land her in jail; rumors of an imminent attack against officers.
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Convicted sex offenders at Fremont Correctional in Colorado discuss their crimes, their experiences behind bars and the facility's intensive therapy program.
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Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
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Officers and counselors at Wayne County Jail in Detroit struggle to rehabilitate female offenders and keep them from returning to crime.

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