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More women than ever are working as guards in the toughest prisons in the U.S. This series brings cameras inside some of those facilities and, combined with interviews with female correctional officers, viewers witness firsthand the danger and mind games involved in this job.

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The female corrections officers of Dallas county guard one of the largest jails in the country.
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The Dallas County Jail, where half of the officers on staff are women, is the 7th largest jail in the country and home to over 7,000 inmates.
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At Dallas County Jail in Texas, women officers battle for survival and respect while guarding some of the most dangerous inmates in the country.
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The female corrections officers of the Miami-Dade County Jail guard a nearly all-male population.
aired 219 days ago
Female prison guards face the violence, manipulation and injury that come with the job.

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This documentary series takes viewers inside prisons and jails across America and around the world, offering rarely obtained and comprehensive access into these locations. The show profiles the inmates and employees who work at these facilities, highlighting their day-to-day experiences and interactions within the confines of prison. By bringing audiences the real, raw stories of life behind bars, this program aims to provide a truly authentic and in-depth look inside the complex criminal justice system.
In going behind bars of Georgia's correctional system, each episode of this series examines one aspect of the state's paramilitary approach to their prisoners, the idea being treat them like highly disciplined soldiers and they will stop acting like criminals. Over the course of a year, cameras capture both those who work in the system and those housed within it -- from nonviolent offenders in a boot camp to hardened criminals in "Hi-Max," the environment that allows the most extreme disciplinary methods.
The behind-the-scenes series goes international, taking viewers behind bars in prisons in countries around the world. From an abandoned, underground execution chamber in Serbia where prisoners faced death by firing squad to a special room for conjugal visits in a Belgian facility, cameras hunt out the details of prisoner life in other countries.
Despite cameras and guards monitoring their every move, some prisoners are daring enough to test the system and execute a breakout. Told from the perspectives of both the escapees and the law enforcement teams tracking them, this series documents some of recent history's high-profile jailbreaks and the various methods officials use to outsmart the criminals, leading to their eventual recapture.
"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.
Sacramento, Calif., is the setting for this entry in MSNBC's long-running "Lockup" franchise, which has taken viewers inside jails in cities throughout America, along with some international locales, during its run. Sacramento County Jail is the featured prison for this season. Regardless of the show's location, the storylines featured on the docuseries are familiar to regular viewers, with fighting among inmates a regular "Lockup" sighting. Prisoners also discuss life in the facility and the crimes that landed them there.