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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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Outnumbered guards use military-like discipline and force to stay in control in the Tent City jail in the Arizona desert.
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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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Maryland struggles to contain all of its female felons in one prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
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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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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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California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
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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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California's Valley State Prison deals with violent inmates, overcrowding and heavy drug-trade.
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The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
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Life in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons, Centro do Ejecucion do Sanciones.
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Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
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Tensions threaten to erupt at any moment at the St. Louis County Jail.
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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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Three recruits struggle with their inexperience in the prison environment at Wyoming State Penitentiary.
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The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
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Prison inmates who have committed horrible crimes have an opportunity to change their ways.
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In prisons, human connections can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.
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Contraband runs rampant in prisons throughout the United States.
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In prisons across the country, officers and inmates are constantly at war.
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In prisons across the country, inmates must quickly learn new rules or face the consequences.
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In the prison system, criminality will sometimes run in the family.

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