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.


Upcoming episodes

Dec 15th


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.
Dec 18th

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.
Dec 22nd

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.
Dec 25th

Iron Grip

Inside alexander correctional, there's a constant struggle for control. As north carolina's newest 'close' or maximum security prison, this fortress houses a thousand of the most problematic inmates in the state. And to keep them in line, the staff employs a variety of control methods, from the latest technological systems to good old-fashioned rules and regulations. In fact, alexander has already gained a reputation among inmates at other facilities: It is the prison to avoid - the one with an iron grip on its prisoners. But where there's a will, there's a way. Whether dealing drugs or contracting 'hits', the criminals at alexander don't play by the rules. They'll do whatever it takes to get out from under the staff's stifling control.
Dec 29th

Gang Vs. Family

In utah, a homegrown gang battles larger national gangs for turf. But this gang is different - their loyalty is so extreme that membership passes from generation to generation, and members put the gang first - no matter the cost. Their wars spill into the state’s only maximum-security prison: Utah state prison. Over one in four of the 4,000 plus inmate population have gang ties, and the most active gangsters spill blood, flaunt weapons and order hits from behind bars. Inside utah state prison, we watch what happens when an inmate’s gang and family are one and the same.