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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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Inmates go to great lengths to try to break out of Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility.
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Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution is overfull and behind the times.
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California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
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The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
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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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The Mexican Mafia battles a local prison gang at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas.
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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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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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Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
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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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One in four inmates in the Utah State Prison has gang ties, with members of one gang's loyalties so extreme that they put it first at any cost.
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Tensions threaten to erupt at any moment at the St. Louis County Jail.
aired 29 days ago
Inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, Calif., participate in nearly 200 gang-related fights a year.
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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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Life in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons, Centro do Ejecucion do Sanciones.
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Three recruits struggle with their inexperience in the prison environment at Wyoming State Penitentiary.
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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.
aired 50 days ago
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.
aired 50 days ago
The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
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California's Valley State Prison deals with violent inmates, overcrowding and heavy drug-trade.
aired 64 days ago
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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