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In going behind bars of Georgia's correctional system, each episode of this series examines one aspect of the state's paramilitary approach to their prisoners, the idea being treat them like highly disciplined soldiers and they will stop acting like criminals. Over the course of a year, cameras capture both those who work in the system and those housed within it -- from nonviolent offenders in a boot camp to hardened criminals in "Hi-Max," the environment that allows the most extreme disciplinary methods.

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With inmates trying to game the system, officers must discern the scam artists from the others.
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At the CCDC, more than a thousand inmates enter high, mentally ill or both.
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When inmates do time on the inside, family members do time on the outside.
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The Metro State Prison in Atlanta is where female offenders in Georgia begin their jail term.
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The Jackson and Coastal prisons, both in Georgia, absorb a flood of new inmates.
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The Gang Special Investigations Unit is responsible for monitoring gang activity and disrupting their programs.
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While incarcerated in Ross Correctional Institution, the inmates must choose between rehabilitation and falling prey to the convict mentality.
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Two inmates escape from one of Georgia's most secure prisons, setting off a massive manhunt to capture them.
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Georgia's largest female facility, Lee Arrendale State Prison.
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Three inmates, a first-timer, a career criminal, and a murderer with a life sentence, attempt to adjust to the pitfalls and challenges of Georgia's toughest women's prison.
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Georgia's Smith State Prison goes into lockdown following a large, bloody fight.
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Newly convicted inmates get their last look at the free world when they enter intake prison at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio.
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Clark County Detention Center serves as a revolving door for repeat offenders and career criminals.
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The Hays State Prison in Georgia is a disciplinary camp with closed security and is home to 1,500 inmates.
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At Hays State Prison, the CERT team and its K-9 unit search every inmate and every room for contraband and weapons; "chain-gang Godfather" Morgan Corley.
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The Clark County Detention Center receives scores of repeat offenders, many hooked on drugs and alcohol.
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The officers at the Clark County Detention Center attempt to figure out which inmates are telling the truth.
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Officers wage a war against a flood of contraband cell phones at Georgia's Smith State Prison, where access to a mobile device means power on the inside and a connection to the outside.
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Inmates who are also victims of mental illness or drug addiction.
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Families on the outside struggle to communicate and come to terms with their loved ones behind bars.
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Two sets of rules exist within the prison walls, the administrations paramilitary ethos and the convict code of respect and retribution.

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