Hard Time

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  • The Outsiders

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    S 6 : Ep 8 - 8/23/11

    The largest prison in Georgia known as Jackson absorbs a flood of new inmates, while three prisoners struggle to adapt to the reality of life behind bars.
  • The Convict Cycle

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    S 6 : Ep 7 - 8/16/11

    Home to 1,500 of the state's roughest convicts, Hays State Prison in the hills of northwest Georgia is a disciplinary camp with closed security. Meet inmates who swear that prison has changed them- some for the better, perhaps, and some for the worse. We'll meet an inmate on his way to completing his sentence who realizes that prison actually changed him into a stronger and better man.moreless
  • Prisoner Protest

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    S 6 : Ep 6 - 8/9/11

    One of the toughest camps to do time is Georgia- Hays State Prison. Inmates are fed up with their living conditions and have unified to stage a sit-in. Inmates are expected to fulfill prison duties, and their refusal to work is a nonviolent tactic to proclaim their demands such as pay for work, legalized tobacco and sentencing reform. It's intended to be peaceful, but prisoners heavily outnumber officers, who aren't taking any chances. On the eve of the planned protest, Hays State Prison is prepared for the worst with tactical squads in place.moreless
  • Cellphone War

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    S 6 : Ep 5 - 8/2/11

    Officers are waging a war against a flood of contraband cellphones at Georgia's Smith State Prison, where access to a mobile device means power on the inside and a connection to the outside. We'll join a special group of investigators charged with intercepting cellphones before they enter the prison walls. From basketballs to Astroturf to golf carts -- the inmates will find any way they can to smuggle in the illegal devices, forcing the guards to become equally sly.moreless
  • Gangs vs. God

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    S 6 : Ep 4 - 7/26/11

    Drugs, crime and violence are among the daily pressures of doing time at Smith State, one of the toughest prisons in Georgia. For many inmates, joining a gang may seem like the only option to survive, but we'll meet some "lifers" who have turned to Islam for protection. They claim they are seeking redemption, but the guards have their suspicions could they actually be using faith to shield their criminal activities inside the prison walls?moreless
  • Women on Lockdown

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    S 6 : Ep 3 - 7/19/11

    Every female offender in the state begins their Hard Time at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Meet a variety of inmates, including a straight "A" student turned druggie and murderers serving life terms. Another woman is in jail for life for setting her girlfriend on fire- considered one of the cruelest murders. And, we'll meet one female prisoner who finishes her sentence and prepares to go home while another inmate is transferred to a special segregated facility. Whether in jail for life or short-term, these women have seen and experienced the worst.moreless
  • World Without Men

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    S 6 : Ep 2 - 7/15/11

    Welcome to Lee Arrendale State Prison, Georgia's largest facility for women. Here, drugs, hustles and illegal sexual relationships make up much of the world behind bars. We'll meet inmates coping with their prison sentence in unusual ways. A female prisoner has taken on a male persona for 10 years as a way to feel protected, powerful and popular. Meanwhile, a prison "handyman" serving time for murder has a steady job, a prison "wife" and the respect of the other inmates. See how these women cope with life in jail and the sometimes strange changes in state of mind they undergo as a way to cope with serving time.moreless
  • Battle Behind Bars

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    S 6 : Ep 1 - 7/5/11

    Every day is a battle for control among some of the state's toughest inmates at Georgia's Smith State Prison. Tensions build when a cell floods and angry prisoners must evacuate. When an officer is attacked, a huge bloody fight erupts, prompting the prison to go on lockdown while the instigators are taken into custody.moreless
  • Truth and Lies

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    S 4 : Ep 12 - 2/9/13

    For the officers that handle the inmates on a daily basis at Last Vegas's Clark County Detention Center it can be hard to tell who is lying and who is telling the truth. Rosemary Vandecar has been accused of first-degree murder but claims she is innocent. Dubbed "Jail Mom", she extends her legal advice to other female inmates, making her influential in her unit. But when officers find something suspicious in her cell, she is stripped of her transportation job within the jail.moreless
  • Inmates vs. Officers

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    S 4 : Ep 11 - 2/9/13

    Just like Sin City, the Clark County Detention Center never sleeps. It's a round the clock operation, where challenges come daily. From feeding the inmates to combating riots, keeping the peace comes down to the officers - but giving in to the control of the system is up to the inmates. In an environment where people's freedom has been taken from them, even the smallest rule must be followed or chaos can ensue.moreless
  • Inmates vs. Officers

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    S 4 : Ep 11 - 2/9/13

    Just like Sin City, the Clark County Detention Center never sleeps. It's a round the clock operation, where challenges come daily. From feeding the inmates to combating riots, keeping the peace comes down to the officers-- but giving in to the control of the system is up to the inmates. In an environment where people's freedom has been taken from them, even the smallest rule must be followed or chaos can ensue.moreless
  • Stress Box

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    S 4 : Ep 10 - 10/30/12

    Las Vegas can be full of vices - both legal and illegal. Break the law and you're hauled into the Clark County Detention Center. But getting booked here punishes more than arrestees - family and friends on the outside often share the heartache of the jail sentence. Loved ones must navigate an intimidating world where details of what's happening behind bars are hard to find and visitation lasts only 30 minutes a day. It's this stress that can drive some families closer...and others apart.moreless
  • Misfits & Outcasts

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 10/23/12

    With new inmates constantly pouring in, one of the hardest jobs for officers is organizing, classifying, and keeping the inmates safe. Once inside, inmates divide themselves by things like race and gang affiliation, and a tense community of groups and cliques can be created. In this dangerous world, one of the most difficult ways to do time is to not fit in. In this episode, we spend time with three inmates who for one reason or another simply don't fit in, and who each must make difficult decisions and take different paths in order to survive their time in jail.moreless
  • Mental Hell

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    S 4 : Ep 8 - 10/16/12

    Meet inmates struggling with mental illness like Lance Marshall, a schizophrenic who suffers delusions and fancies illegal weapons; Roy Washington, a former gang member and cutter, who's attempted suicide multiple times; and drug addicts like partners-in-heroin-use Nina Dickun and her boyfriend, Levi Kivi.moreless
  • Gangs Behind Bars

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 10/9/12

    For some, survival in the jail comes down to reputation and intimidation. Inmates who live with this daily reality sometimes bend and sometimes break. That's where the Gang Special Investigations Unit steps in the administration's detectives. They monitor gangs and disrupt their programs. But sometimes threats slip through the cracks, and it's a constant struggle to prevent underlying tensions from boiling over into an all-out riot.moreless
  • Revolving Door

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 10/2/12

    Billy, 45, is a junkie back in jail after a 24-hour bender. But as an ex-con who spent 20 years in prison for murder and has since been cycling through jail, it's likely he'll be back again. Priscilla, 24, suffers from bipolar disorder claiming to use methamphetamine to control her manic states -- but self-medication has turned into full-blown addiction.moreless
  • Judgement Day

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 9/25/12

    While most inmates end up taking a plea deal, those who go to trial are taking the ultimate gamble and they must face a jury of their peers. Hard Time follows the CCDC inmates who are up for trial, with their futures on the line.moreless
  • Love Behind Bars

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 9/18/12

    "Las Vegas can be a town of excess - Sin City. Many of the 80,000 people who come through the Clark County Detention Center each year have taken those extremes too far. But while arrest is the end of the road on one hand, it\'s also the beginning of the story. It\'s the start of hard time for some, and the place of hard choices for others.moreless
  • Running the Joint

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 9/11/12

    "At Las Vegas\'s main jail, Clark County Detention Center, inmates try as hard as possible to retain a sense of normalcy. And for many, that means keeping up their gang lifestyle. We\'ll go inside one of CCDC\'s most difficult dorms - an open housing unit filled with high-security inmates, repeat offenders, felons and gang members where life on the inside can be just as tough as life on the outside.moreless
  • Jail Mom

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 9/4/12

    "Meet the jail mom. Older, wiser, steeped in the ways of the convict, the jail mom\'s influence can be benevolent or vengeful, nurturing or violent. At the co-ed Clark County Detention Center, the jail mom rules the women\'s block. Follow Tess, the jail mom who has been locked up at CCDC 22 times, as she tries to use her own life as a cautionary tale to coax younger inmates out of the game before they fall in too deep.moreless
  • Come On Vacation, Leave On Probation

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 8/28/12

    "Get picked up on the Vegas strip and you\'ll end up in Clark County Detention Center - the jail where many of the inmates arrive drunk or high. Here, the slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" translates to Come on vacation, leave on probation. Well go inside the high-traffic, high-action facility with repeat offenders, hardened criminals and often, unlucky transplants pushing the legal limits of a good time.moreless
  • Worst of the Worst

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 3/15/11

    With more attacks on inmates and staff than any other facility in Ohio, Lucasville is the jail within the prison system. Fight, extort, run contraband or break the rules in any other prison in the state and you could be sent here. With some of the strictest controls of any prison, new arrivals at Lucasville spend 23 hours a day on lockdown with little movement and even fewer privileges. But even in such a restricted setting, the hustles and gambles of prison life continue.moreless
  • Back on the Streets

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 3/8/11

    Almost all of the inmates in Ohio's Ross Correctional Institution for drugs, robbery or murder will be released back into the community someday. But withdrawing from the temptations of gang life, gambling and dark hustles is a steep challenge. After years behind bars, prison can seem more like home than the outside world. The last few months of an inmate's sentence are a time for him to unlearn the prison mentality. Follow inmates nearing the end of weeks, months or years of imprisonment before they are supposed to walk out the gate and re-enter society.moreless
  • Prison Gangs

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 3/1/11

    In prison, every day is a fight for survival. An inmate's most important weapon may not be a shank or a razor, but instead a gang membership. With more than 1,400 classified gangs in the Ohio prison system, inmates are joining up in alarming numbers. And a new generation of gangsters fills the cells of Ross Correctional Institution: a "captain" of the Aryan Brotherhood, a mastermind building a new breed of Hispanic gangs and a pair of adolescent criminals challenging the G-Code -- a simple yet strict expectation that members put the gang before themselves. Pursuing them all is Officer Jeff Clark, a 20-year veteran fighting to stem the unending flow of gang activity.moreless
  • Against the Wall

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 2/22/11

    Enter the locked-down world of Ohio's intake prison. For the newly convicted, the Correctional Reception Center (CRC) in Orient, Ohio, is their last view of the free world. More than 14,000 inmates are sized up each year at CRC and moved on to serve out their sentences. From robbers to murders and rapists, CRC sees it all. And while most follow the rules and do their time peacefully, some inmates come in with their own agenda, ready to make trouble.moreless
  • Female Offenders

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 2/15/11

    Women are the fastest-growing prison population in America, and among the toughest to manage. At the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) outside of Columbus, "pseudo-families" emerge instead of gangs. Inmate Dorie Terrell heads a family 30 members strong. She claims to offer guidance and food to her girls, but the prison sees her role as a potentially dangerous abuse of power. When Heather O'Brien arrived at ORW, she was almost nine months pregnant. See the many challenges she faces while raising her daughter in the prison nursery.moreless
  • Breaking the Rules

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 2/8/11

    A high-stakes game of cat and mouse plays out at the Ross Correctional Institution in Ohio. On one side, there are the rule breakers: a drug hustler trying to run his game behind bars, an old-school inmate, a jailhouse lawyer subverting the system and a lone wolf with one too many strikes. On the other is a team of dedicated officers who monitor every corner of the prison and work to catch them all in the act.moreless
  • Prison City

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 2/1/11

    Go inside the gated city of Ross Correctional Institution where every inmate must make a choice: use his sentence to prepare for a life on the outside, or fall prey to the convict mentality -- which on the inside is called getting "institutionalized."One inmate considers how much the outside world has changed and doubts that he can re-adapt. Another confronts dependence on the structured prison life, and how institutionalized he already is. No inmates leave these gates the same way they came in, but once released, who will they be back in the free world?moreless
  • The Hustle

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 2/1/11

    Go inside the underground prison economy at Ohio's Ross Correctional Institution and see inmates try their hands at different money-making strategies. A "jailhouse thief" brings his street ways within jailhouse walls, brutally robbing inmates and selling their possessions. A drug dealer on a 27-year sentence for attempted murder struggles to stay "clean" after getting caught up selling contraband at the orientation prison.moreless
  • Breakout

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 3/30/09

    Follow the intense manhunt for escaped convicts Johnny Mack Brown and Michael Tweedell.
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