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    • Jefferson City Correctional Center
    • Auburn
      Season 4 - Episode 7
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      The State Penitentiary in Auburn, New York is the centerpiece of a city and a monument to one of America's first attempts at criminal rehabilitation. Its founders were liberal prison reformers who believed their task could be accomplished through penitence, hard work, and silence. The "Auburn System" was adopted by most U.S. prisons in the early 1900s. Now, all that remains of that system is hard work--and hard time--for the most violent offenders in New York State.moreless
    • Central Prison
      Season 4 - Episode 8
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      Central Prison in Raleigh, is the first stop for all of North Carolina's male felons with sentences of 20 years or longer. It's also the last stop for men and women sentenced to death. Today, Central is a modern state-of-the-art prison, but it began as a dark dungeon built nearly 120 years ago.moreless
    • Parchman
      Season 4 - Episode 6
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      State Prison, Parchman Mississippi... A land without visible boundries... Originally a slave plantaion ruled by the whip... Today its most important crop is neither food or cotton... but prisoners. 75 percent are African-American. During its hundred-thirty year history, Parchman has embodied the traditions and folk wisdom of the American south in a way no other prison ever has. Its legacy includes brutal executions in the State's gas chamber and conjugal visits for the best behaved convicts. A large number of "lifers" have prepared themselves to die here. A few hold out hope of early release.moreless
    • Alderson Federal Women's Penitentiary
      1/19/99
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      The history of Alderson Federal Women's Penitentiary located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia.
    • Angola
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      1/13/00
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    • Oklahoma State Penitentiary
    • Maze Prison
      Season 4 - Episode 4
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      Located near Belfast, Maze Prison holds both Catholic and Protestant prisoners, members of paramilitary groups like the Irish Republican Army. The prison consists of 8 H-shaped cellblocks with cameras, searchlights, 16-foot walls, and guard towers. Outside, British soldiers patrol. We investigate several incidents, including: the Blanket Protests, when IRA inmates refused to wear uniforms; the Dirty Protest, when prisoners smeared human waste on prison walls; and the Bobby Sand hunger strike.moreless
    • Montana State Prison
      Season 4 - Episode 5
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      Herds of livestock roam here under the big Montana sky. Cowboys and wranglers watch over them. But these are not ordinary ranch hands. And this is no ordinary ranch. Welcome to the State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana. 1,300 high and medium security inmates live here. Their range of crimes includes murder and robbery as well as drug possession and sex crimes. In its present day setting, Montana State Prison operates efficiently as both a ranch and a modern high security fortress. But it's legacy is dark and its history is marked by violent uprisings, inhumane conditions and brutality. We'll see where the story began --five miles away from the current cellblocks in the state's original stone prison -- now a relic and tourist attraction that looks like a castle. We'll meet inmates who work on the prison's farm and dairy as well as violent offenders who hold jobs as-- telemarketers.moreless
    • Folsom
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      1/18/99
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      The history of Folsom State Prison which opened in 1880.
    • L.A. County Jail
      Season 4 - Episode 3
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      The largest prison system in the free world, its 20,000 male and female inmates reflect the crimes and racial tensions of Los Angeles County. The challenge is staggering--feed 75,000 meals a day and keep an estimated 16,000 gang members from killing each other! Welcome to LA County Jail with an inmate roster that reads like a Who's Who of national crime stories--Bugsy Siegel, Mickey Cohen, Robert Mitchum, Robert Blake, Charles Manson...all passed through its standing-room-only holding tanks!moreless
    • East Jersey State
      East Jersey State
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      5/8/00
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    • Attica Prison
      Attica Prison
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      1/10/00
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      A profile of Attica Correctional Facility which is loacated between Rochester and Buffalo, New York.
    • Florida State at Raiford
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      1/18/01
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    • Eastern State Penitentiary
      Eastern State Penitentiary
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      10/13/98
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      A look inside Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which operated from 1829 until 1971.
    • Sing Sing
      Sing Sing
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      10/14/98
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      A profile of Sing Sing Correctional Facility located in Ossining, New York, which opened in 1825.
    • Leavenworth
      Leavenworth
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      10/15/98
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      The United States Penitentiary Leavenworth is profiled in this episode.
    • San Quentin
      San Quentin
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      1/20/99
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      A profile of California's oldest prison.
    • Atlanta Federal Penitentiary
      Atlanta Federal Penitentiary
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      1/21/99
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      A look at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary located in Atlanta, Georgia.
    • Lewisburg Federal
      Lewisburg Federal
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      1/17/01
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    • McNeil Island
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      1/12/00
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      The story of the first prison in the history of the state of Washington, McNeil Island.
    • Chain Gang Breakout
      Chain Gang Breakout
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      6/13/01
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    • Alcatraz
      Alcatraz
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      10/12/98
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      A profile of Alcatraz prison in San Francisco, California.
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