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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 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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The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
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California's Valley State Prison deals with violent inmates, overcrowding and heavy drug-trade.
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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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Officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.
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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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Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution is overfull and behind the times.
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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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California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
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The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
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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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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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Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
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New recruits at the understaffed Wyoming State Penitentiary face the challenges of training, manipulative inmates and working in a prison with a history of violence.
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The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
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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.
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Brutal gang wars rage inside Bexar County Jail; these are the officers in the middle of the war, who must anticipate the gangs' next moves, and the informants who open up about drugs, extortion and murder.
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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.
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Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
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Tensions threaten to erupt at any moment at the St. Louis County Jail.
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Inmates in the largest county jail in Denver take advantage of the run down facility to make weapons before being moved.

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