Lockup Extended Stay: WABASH

Saturday 10:00 PM on MSNBC Premiered Nov 26, 2011 Between Seasons


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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Da Future
      Da Future
      Episode 6
      With more than 2,000 inmates, the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in southwestern Indiana has a larger population and more acreage than the rest of Carlisle, the small town in which it's located. And while Carlisle might be a remnant of a simpler time, inside the twin security fences of Wabash is evidence of how some aspects of society have grown harder. In this hour, one inmate walks a fine line between heaven and hell. And after a decade in confinement, one of Indiana's most infamous inmates moves to general population.moreless
    • Close Quarters
      Close Quarters
      Episode 5
      Indiana’s Wabash Valley Correctional Facility houses nearly 2200 inmates. More than one-third of them are doing time for serious violent crimes. Unless isolated in solitary confinement, the vast majority of inmates live in two-man cells. Pairings are critical. And avoiding a volatile mix of cellmates is a constant challenge. But even with careful screening, conflicts can still arise between cellmates. In this hour, prison staff suspect an inmate is covering up his own brutal beating, two cellmates share deeply disturbing charges, and the mother of one of the victims still lives the nightmare, and plucked from Death Row, another inmate tries to make a difference.moreless
    • We Fight
      We Fight
      Episode 4
      Indiana’s Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is an isolated fortress with three officers for every 200 inmates. In this hour, some inmates find themselves in racial conflict, while others seek conflict elsewhere. And, we’ve turned a camera over to the inmates, to record personal thoughts in private.
    • Father Figure
      Father Figure
      Episode 3
      Wabash Valley Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison on the western edge of Indiana. It's the centerpiece of the rural town of Carlisle, where the inmate population of nearly 2200 outnumbers local residents 4 to 1. Many of Indiana’s most violent offenders are sent here. In this hour, the killer of a corrections officer fights to be freed from 16 years of solitary confinement, and boyhood friends struggle to parent their kids from behind prison walls. But one, cut-off from visits with his son, is on a razor’s edge. Also, a convicted murderer seeks legitimacy for a religion prison officials suspect is a front for white supremacist gangs. And we’ve turned our cameras over to the inmates to share personal thoughts in the privacy of their cells.moreless
    • Sticks and Stone
      Sticks and Stone
      Episode 2
      On the western edge of southern Indiana is the Wabash Valley town of Carlisle, where Main Street conjures images of a bygone era. And except for the daily passing of the CSX Freight Line, this one-light town could be all but forgotten. Just a couple miles down US 41 however is evidence that Carlisle is anything but. Surrounded by little else but big skies the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility houses more than 2,000 convicted felons, including some of the highest security prisoners in the state. It is a fortress among farms. In this episode, one of Indiana's most infamous inmates tries to convince prison officials he's changed, and corrections staff investigate a potential escape plot. We've also given one of our cameras to the inmates, to tell their own stories, and one of them turns out to be a very familiar face.moreless
    • Skitz
      Episode 1
      We profile two brothers who are paying a harsh penalty for their dealings in Meth. But Wabash also houses men doing time for far more serious crimes -- men like Jeremy Blanchard, who has served a little more than one year of a 195-year sentence. But Blanchard's facial tattoos will forever commemorate both his crime -- triple murder -- and the moniker the local media gave him, the Kokomo Slayer. Also, in this hour, a routine cell search reveals an inmate on the edge, and prison officials intervene. And we turn some of our cameras over to the inmates for a personal glimpse of their lives in prison.moreless
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