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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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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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Inmates go to great lengths to try to break out of Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility.
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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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California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
aired 18 days ago
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.
aired 18 days ago
The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
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The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
aired 25 days ago
Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
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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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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 32 days ago
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 at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.
aired 39 days ago
The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
aired 39 days ago
Officers and counselors at Wayne County Jail in Detroit struggle to rehabilitate female offenders and keep them from returning to crime.
aired 41 days ago
Maryland struggles to contain all of its female felons in one prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
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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.
aired 42 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 46 days ago
Inmates in the largest county jail in Denver take advantage of the run down facility to make weapons before being moved.
aired 46 days ago
California's Valley State Prison deals with violent inmates, overcrowding and heavy drug-trade.

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