Hard Time

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  • 2009
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.4  (358)

Hard Time is a National Geographic Channel series that goes behind the scenes of some of toughest correctional facilities in the country. The show takes a day to day look at the day in the life of inmates, guards, and wardens. Hard Time pulls no punches when it exposes the harsh realities of prison life, and the hopelessness of the individuals who are serving long sentences, life sentences, or are on death row. Episodes focus on several facilities such as Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Ross Correctional Institution in Ohio, Forth Worth Correctional Facility, and the Georgia State Penitentiary. The female prisoners are a good mix of African American, White and Latino. The women are mostly poor, uneducated, and incarcerated for some type of drug charge. The women are usually repeat offenders who find themselves caught in the revolving door of incarceration, release, and relapse. The show takes a sympathetic look at the plight of these women who often leave behind children who are made wards of the state. Some of the females are in prison on serious felony charges such as robbery and murder. The women find that prison is a dangerous, often unforgiving place, as altercations could lead to injury or death. The male prisons are notoriously harsher than the female. The mixture of drugs, testosterone, psychosis, and anger is sometimes volatile. Most of the men profiled are also incarcerated for drugs and the recidivism rate is very high. Many are in prison for heinous crimes, and are facing life sentences or death. Oddly enough, these inmates seem to have made peace with their situation. Wardens have the difficult task of walking the tightrope between tending to the issues of inmates and understanding the inherent risks and dangers of the men and women who guard the prison. Although guards seldom admit the truth, it is apparent that safety is a real issue as a number of guards have been murdered. At the end of the day, most of the parties involved try make the best of their situation.

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Seasons
Truth and Lies
14. Truth and Lies
February 9, 2013
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.
Truth and Lies
12. Truth and Lies
November 6, 2012
A woman who acts as a maternal figure to other inmates gets into trouble when officers find a suspicious item inside her cell.
Inmates vs. Officers
11. Inmates vs. Officers
February 9, 2013
Just like Sin City, the Clark County Detention Center never sleeps. It's a round the clock operation, where challenges come daily.
Stress Box
10. Stress Box
October 30, 2012
Profiling the friends and families of inmates at Las Vegas' Clark County Detention Center.
Misfits & Outcasts
9. Misfits & Outcasts
October 23, 2012
The stories of three Clark County Detention Center inmates who clash with their incarcerated peers.
Mental Hell
8. Mental Hell
October 16, 2012
Stories of drug addicts and mentally ill inmates at Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.
Gangs Behind Bars
7. Gangs Behind Bars
October 9, 2012
Profiling inmates at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas and the continued problems with gangs.
Revolving Door
6. Revolving Door
October 2, 2012
Profiling repeat offenders who are addicted to drugs and alcohol and their struggle to overcome it.
Judgement Day
5. Judgement Day
September 25, 2012
Clark County Detention Center is the end of the road for some and the beginning of the story for others.
Love Behind Bars
4. Love Behind Bars
September 18, 2012
Romance continues even after arrest.
Running the Joint
3. Running the Joint
September 11, 2012
Inmates work to retain a sense of normalcy. And for many, that means keeping up their gang lifestyle. A closer look inside one of CCDC's most difficult dorms.
Jail Mom
2. Jail Mom
September 4, 2012
The profile of a female inmate who has been locked up at Nevada's Clark County Detention Center 22 times. Assuming a motherly role to the younger inmates, she uses her own choices as a cautionary tale to keep them from getting further into trouble.
Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation
1. Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation
August 28, 2012
Two brothers face felony charges after throwing a hammer through a store window; an Idaho native who just moved to Sin City awaits her fate after being picked up for DUI and cocaine possession.
Description

Hard Time is a National Geographic Channel series that goes behind the scenes of some of toughest correctional facilities in the country. The show takes a day to day look at the day in the life of inmates, guards, and wardens. Hard Time pulls no punches when it exposes the harsh realities of prison life, and the hopelessness of the individuals who are serving long sentences, life sentences, or are on death row. Episodes focus on several facilities such as Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Ross Correctional Institution in Ohio, Forth Worth Correctional Facility, and the Georgia State Penitentiary.

The female prisoners are a good mix of African American, White and Latino. The women are mostly poor, uneducated, and incarcerated for some type of drug charge. The women are usually repeat offenders who find themselves caught in the revolving door of incarceration, release, and relapse. The show takes a sympathetic look at the plight of these women who often leave behind children who are made wards of the state. Some of the females are in prison on serious felony charges such as robbery and murder. The women find that prison is a dangerous, often unforgiving place, as altercations could lead to injury or death.

The male prisons are notoriously harsher than the female. The mixture of drugs, testosterone, psychosis, and anger is sometimes volatile. Most of the men profiled are also incarcerated for drugs and the recidivism rate is very high. Many are in prison for heinous crimes, and are facing life sentences or death. Oddly enough, these inmates seem to have made peace with their situation. Wardens have the difficult task of walking the tightrope between tending to the issues of inmates and understanding the inherent risks and dangers of the men and women who guard the prison. Although guards seldom admit the truth, it is apparent that safety is a real issue as a number of guards have been murdered. At the end of the day, most of the parties involved try make the best of their situation.

Hard Time is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (35 episodes). The series first aired on January 21, 2009.

Where to Watch Hard Time

Hard Time is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hard Time on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 21, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (358)