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

Oct 28th
1200p

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.
Oct 28th
100p

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.
Oct 28th
200p

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?
Nov 4th
1200p

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.
Nov 4th
100p

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.
Nov 4th
200p

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.
Nov 11th
1200p

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.
Nov 11th
100p

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.
Nov 11th
200p

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.
Nov 18th
1200p

Newbies

Wyoming stows all their worst inmates in the isolated, windblown prairie town of rawlins; the trouble is, it’s so isolated not enough people live there to staff the wyoming state penitentiary. Facing desperate understaffing and overcrowding, wyoming went to extreme measures, recruiting correctional officers from economically depressed areas elsewhere in the united states. Thirty new officer recruits came to rawlins with one thing in common: None of them had law enforcement experience to help them police the prison’s convicted murderers, rapists and child molesters. We follow three new recruits into the fire where they face the challenges of officer training, manipulative inmates, and working in a dangerous environment where ‘escape’ and ‘murder’ are realities.