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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.

Latest episodes

aired 19 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.
aired 19 days ago
Inmates in the largest county jail in Denver take advantage of the run down facility to make weapons before being moved.
aired 19 days ago
Inmates go to great lengths to try to break out of Colorado's Sterling Correctional Facility.
aired 19 days ago
Officers and counselors at Wayne County Jail in Detroit struggle to rehabilitate female offenders and keep them from returning to crime.
aired 26 days ago
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.
aired 26 days ago
Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
aired 26 days ago
The Mexican Mafia battles a local prison gang at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas.
aired 26 days ago
The Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, N.C., uses sophisticated technology and unconventional methods to keep violence down.
aired 26 days ago
Officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.
aired 26 days ago
Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution is overfull and behind the times.
aired 33 days ago
Outnumbered guards use military-like discipline and force to stay in control in the Tent City jail in the Arizona desert.
aired 33 days ago
Inmates at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad, Calif., participate in nearly 200 gang-related fights a year.
aired 33 days ago
Maryland struggles to contain all of its female felons in one prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.
aired 33 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 33 days ago
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.
aired 33 days ago
California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.
aired 40 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 40 days ago
California's Valley State Prison deals with violent inmates, overcrowding and heavy drug-trade.
aired 40 days ago
The overcrowded Multnomah County Detention Center may be worse than prison.
aired 40 days ago
Life in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons, Centro do Ejecucion do Sanciones.
aired 47 days ago
Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.

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