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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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Clark County Detention Center serves as a revolving door for repeat offenders and career criminals.
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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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The Jackson and Coastal prisons, both in Georgia, absorb a flood of new inmates.
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Not fitting in with the crowd can be a dangerous option in jail.
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When inmates do time on the inside, family members do time on the outside.
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Georgia's largest female facility, Lee Arrendale State Prison.
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Three inmates in an Ohio prison try different strategies to help deal with the challenges they face.
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Inmates at the Clark County Detention Center await their day in court.
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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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The Metro State Prison in Atlanta is where female offenders in Georgia begin their jail term.
aired 46 days ago
Life in prison is marked by power and those who have it one day can lose it the next.
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The Gang Special Investigations Unit is responsible for monitoring gang activity and disrupting their programs.
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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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The Clark County Detention Center receives scores of repeat offenders, many hooked on drugs and alcohol.
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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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Inmates who are also victims of mental illness or drug addiction.
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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.
aired 60 days ago
With inmates trying to game the system, officers must discern the scam artists from the others.
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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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Hays State Prison is challenged by an inmate sit-in.
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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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More women than ever are working as guards in the toughest prisons in the U.S. This series brings cameras inside some of those facilities and, combined with interviews with female correctional officers, viewers witness firsthand the danger and mind games involved in this job.
The "Lockup" franchise has become a staple of the MSNBC schedule, with each series in the franchise taking place in a different prison. This entry is filmed at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in the rural Indiana town of Carlisle. The prison's population, 2,200 male inmates, dwarfs the town's population of just several hundred residents. The majority of Wabash's inmates used to come from urban areas, but now they come mainly from rural farming communities, because of the rise of methamphetamine use. Many of the stories in the series revolve around the meth epidemic and the strict sentences that are handed down, including half brothers who are serving 54- and 35-year sentences for various meth-related crimes. Also housed at Wabash are several of Indiana's high-profile murderers.
"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.
The behind-the-scenes series goes international, taking viewers behind bars in prisons in countries around the world. From an abandoned, underground execution chamber in Serbia where prisoners faced death by firing squad to a special room for conjugal visits in a Belgian facility, cameras hunt out the details of prisoner life in other countries.