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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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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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Maryland struggles to contain all of its female felons in one prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
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Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
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Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution is overfull and behind the times.
aired 11 days ago
Convicted sex offenders at Fremont Correctional in Colorado discuss their crimes, their experiences behind bars and the facility's intensive therapy program.
aired 11 days ago
The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
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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.
aired 11 days ago
Officers and counselors at Wayne County Jail in Detroit struggle to rehabilitate female offenders and keep them from returning to crime.
aired 12 days ago
Inmates go to great lengths to try to break out of Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility.
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Three recruits struggle with their inexperience in the prison environment at Wyoming State Penitentiary.
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The Mexican Mafia battles a local prison gang at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas.
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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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Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
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California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
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California's Valley State Prison deals with violent inmates, overcrowding and heavy drug-trade.
aired 18 days ago
Life in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons, Centro do Ejecucion do Sanciones.
aired 18 days ago
The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
aired 18 days ago
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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Officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.
aired 20 days ago
The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
aired 20 days ago
Tensions threaten to erupt at any moment at the St. Louis County Jail.

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