2005, 25 seasons to date
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See how the once-infamous Rikers Island jail has reinvented itself.
A "jail within a prison" protects some inmates from others.
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Conjugal visits provide rare moments of intimacy and rule-breaking. As a result, some visitors who come to San Quentin find themselves staying much longer than originally planned.
One hardened inmate who was behind bars for nearly 20 years gets ready for release. In the process, he faces the harsh reality that for most inmates, leaving prison is just a temporary freedom.
They were once shrouded in secrecy behind the iron curtain. But now, for the first time, a Lockup crew travels to Eastern Europe, and goes behind the walls of six maximum-security prisons in Serbia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. And what they found was, to put it mildly, "a little different."
These are the prison stories best described by one word. And the word is...HARDCORE.
Inmates deal with the consequences of their actions.
For most inmates, life boils down to three words. The first is respect. The second, reputation. The third, revenge.
If personal relationships can get complicated on the outside, they can be even more complicated behind bars.
They are the inmates whose stories we'll never forget and whose lives have taken twists you'll never believe. Now, we reveal whatever became of Paul Komyatti; the twin brothers Roy and Ray Slagle; and Ronnie Tye and the woman he married in prison, Jodie Worman.
One inmate launches a near fatal attack after being in jail for less than an hour; a father accused of murdering his daughter admits to keeping her corpse with him for two years; and a female inmate keeps a grim secret from her two best friends.
By day, Boston, Massachusetts is both a modern metropolis and home to some of America's earliest historical sites. But like all big cities, there is an underbelly of drugs and crime that is left up to the city's law enforcement agencies to combat. Located just outside downtown is a key landmark to that battle - the Suffolk County Jail. In this hour: an inmate defends himself against a violent attack -- now authorities want to know if he took it too far; another inmate takes creative steps to send his love to the girlfriend he allegedly, accidentally, shot; and two ...
While Boston, Massachusetts maintains its colonial past, it's ranked as one of the world's leading metropolitan areas for education and innovation. In the heart of downtown, however, is a reminder that not everyone is on the right track. In this hour: an old school bank robber maintains his swagger; an inmate with an imaginary friend proves to be a challenge for the jail, and a shocking act lands his sister behind bars, as well.
A U.S. marine violates the code and now faces a murder charge. A would-be soccer mom takes up with a violent street gang. An openly gay inmate adheres to the convict code and pays the price. And a young inmate goes home to the father who had him arrested.
Inside prison or jail, regrets are never in short supply. And as if watching Lockup isn't warning enough for some... prisons and jails use inmates to warn troubled teens before it's too late. And others express their regrets with personal cameras that we call "inmate cams."
In this hour, a massive search for contraband turns up the heat on two inmates and a convict prompts an evacuation when he floods his housing unit. Then, a serial bank robber recounts his criminal exploits, and a convicted killer's physical handicap makes him especially vulnerable. And with the personal cameras we provide them, inmates give us intimate views of their lives in prison.
In this hour, the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution, one of the toughest maximum security prisons in the state of Florida, takes on a military style feel both for the inmates, and the officers; a gang unit investigation turns up the heat on a pair of cellmates, before one turns on the other; and with the personal cameras we provide them, inmates share intimate thoughts in the privacy of their cells.