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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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In prison, every day is a fight for survival with an inmate's most important weapon being a gang membership.
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Georgia's largest female facility, Lee Arrendale State Prison.
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Jobs such as feeding the inmates, combating riots and keeping the peace fall to the officers.
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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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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 Hays State Prison in Georgia is a disciplinary camp with closed security and is home to 1,500 inmates.
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The Gang Special Investigations Unit is responsible for monitoring gang activity and disrupting their programs.
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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 Jackson and Coastal prisons, both in Georgia, absorb a flood of new inmates.
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The Metro State Prison in Atlanta is where female offenders in Georgia begin their jail term.
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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.
aired 122 days ago
At the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, inmates are forced to choose whether to continue on their current path or mend their ways.
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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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The officers at the Clark County Detention Center attempt to figure out which inmates are telling the truth.
aired 212 days ago
The women's units at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas offer up a world of treacherous contrasts.
aired 212 days ago
Inmates in various stages of incarceration confront how time in one of Georgia's toughest prisons has transformed them.
aired 219 days ago
Inmates who are also victims of mental illness or drug addiction.
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Managing female offenders at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
aired 219 days ago
Inmates at Ross Correctional Institution devise schemes to break the rules.
aired 225 days ago
Hustlers operate in the secret prison economy and try to stay one step ahead of the guards.
aired 232 days ago
New inmates and correctional officer cadets enter the treacherous world of Georgia's maximum security prisons for the first time.

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