Lockdown

Lock Down

About the show

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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Upcoming episodes

Dec 16th
200p

Shanks and Shakedowns

The most dangerous and unpredictable inmates at the cuyahoga county jail are often the young men aged 18 to 25. Some are members of a new gang that is ravaging the jails and prisons of ohio - the heartless felons. This notorious gang preys on other inmates and now they are trying to gain a foothold in the cuyahoga county jail. In this episode of lockdown, we'll go behind jail walls to meet some of cleveland's most dangerous men - and the officers who risk their lives to keep them in line.
Dec 23rd
1200p

Gang Central

In denver, colorado, the county jail is antiquated and increasingly unsafe. It is filled with almost 2,000 inmates, including accused murderers, drug dealers, and thieves. Nearly half of the inmates in the jail are believed to be involved with gangs. Some prisoners are trying to take advantage of the dilapidated old facility to make shanks, or homemade weapons, before they're transferred to a brand-new facility across town. In this episode of lockdown, we'll meet the gangbangers at the denver county jail and the officers who risk their lives to keep them under control.
Dec 23rd
100p

San Antonio Gang War

Bexar county jail in san antonio, texas is in the middle of a gang war. On one side are the mexican mafia - a highly organized crime syndicate with a long and bloody history of murder, smuggling, and extortion. On the other side are the tango orejons, a group of young hotheads who used to do the dirty work for the mexican mafia until they broke away to start their own gang . Now, with tension building between the mexican mafia and the orejons, the bexar county jail is a time bomb waiting to go off.
Dec 23rd
200p

Officers Under Siege

With room for over 4,000 inmates, the hillsborough county jail in tampa, florida is one of the biggest jails in the state. Filled with addicts, burglars, and murderers, this jail is a time bomb just waiting to go off. But at the hillsborough county jail, the biggest threat isn't drugs or gangs - its attacks against officers. In this episode of lockdown, we'll meet a convicted murderer appealing his 25-year prison sentence, a young troublemaker facing up to life in prison, and a dedicated female officer with a threat out on her life.
Dec 30th
1200p

Chaos in California

Filled with nearly 2,500 inmates accused of everything from drugs to kidnapping to torture, sacramento county jail faces a huge problem: Maintaining order and control in a highly overcrowded space with a dwindling number of officers. In this episode of lockdown, we'll meet a married couple facing a potential life sentence on charges of torture and false imprisonment, a first-timer trying to steer clear of the norteño prison gang, and a 52 year-old meth addict waiting to receive her sentence on charges of burglary and fraud.
Dec 30th
100p

Inside Maximum Security

Minnesota's oak park heights is part of a new breed of prison called supermax, and it's reserved for only the worst-behaved, most dangerous criminals, many of which are kept on semi-permanent lockdown. But oak park heights has a plan that allows many of these deadly criminals to leave their cells during the day - if they behave. But how will convicted murderers, rapists and arsonists respond to this sliver of freedom?
Dec 30th
200p

Predators Behind Bars

Leader of the crips, lebanon prison's most powerful gang, diedreikus albert has mastered the prison system, turning it to his own advantage. With no respect for the law and no remorse for the cold-hearted killing that landed him behind bars, albert is doing time his way. He takes us inside the mind of a career criminal, showing us how convicts get away with smuggling drugs and weapons inside prison walls.
Jan 6th
1200p

Gangland

When other california prisons can't handle their most violent gang members, they send them to pelican bay state prison. From here, leaders of gangs such as nuestra familia, the mexican mafia, the aryan brotherhood, the black guerillas and the nazi low riders smuggle orders to lieutenants on the streets - from running drug businesses to ordering hits - assassinations of gang rivals.
Jan 6th
100p

Gang War

Salinas valley state prison is one of california's most notorious prisons, with about 800 incidents each year. Filled far over capacity with some of the system's most dangerous inmates, it's also understaffed. We'll take you to the gangs' training ground - c cellblock and yard - where the most aggressive gangs square off against each other and the guards. A year ago, two members of one of the prison's violent gangs brutally stabbed two officers here. C cellblock and yard have been on lockdown since then - but now they're just beginning to open back up. After months of restricted movement, some inmates are now allowed to meet on the yard - and possibly, plan their next assault. After months spent in cells, these inmates are angry and ready to act out. It's just a question of when.
Jan 6th
200p

Women Behind Bars

California's valley state prison has all the hallmarks of maximum security: Violent inmates, overcrowding, and a heavy drug trade. It is the population that makes it unique. The inmates at valley state are all women. And with some 3,900 female offenders, it is one of the world's largest women's prisons. With the number of violent incidents on the rise, both staff and inmates take precautions. Inmates get creative when arming themselves. Homemade weapons made with materials like screws and a lighter become a fatal stabbing device. Survival at valley state prison for women means maneuvering through a world packed with drugs and danger.