National Geographic Explorer

Season 2 Episode 9

Surviving Maximum Security

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 11, 2005 on National Geographic
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Surviving Maximum Security
For one month, Lisa Ling and her camera crew were given a rare look into the hidden world of the California Sacramento State Prison where the most violent male convicts are locked up. Nowhere in the prison was off-limits.

With interviews with newcomers and lifers, and prison security camera footages, Lisa reveals the various precautions that inmates take to keep themselves alive and the resulting consequences that could result from a lapse. Viewers are also shown various items that inmates manage to make or smuggle in, including alcohol made from apples and makeshift weapons.moreless

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