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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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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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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 Mexican Mafia battles a local prison gang at Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas.
aired 7 days ago
Violent murders escalate in Juarez, making it the murder capital of Mexico.
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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.
aired 7 days ago
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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The Oak Park Heights Supermax combines architecture, technology and expertly trained staff to control violent prisoners.
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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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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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Three recruits struggle with their inexperience in the prison environment at Wyoming State Penitentiary.
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Criminals in Cleveland, Ohio must pass through the Cuyahoga County Jail, home of the county's infamous Special Response Team.
aired 19 days ago
Life in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons, Centro do Ejecucion do Sanciones.
aired 33 days ago
Ohio's Lebanon Correctional Institution is overfull and behind the times.
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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 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.
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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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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
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.
aired 47 days ago
Outnumbered guards use military-like discipline and force to stay in control in the Tent City jail in the Arizona desert.
aired 47 days ago
California's Pelican Bay State Prison leads the war on prison gangs.

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