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Lockdown is a television show that takes the viewer on an insider look into the prisons and jail systems in the United States of America. As residents of the United States, a lot of us do not know the gravity of the prison systems in America, and this show attempts to show the viewer just how bad these places can be and provides insight into hard core criminals that are serving hard time in our jails across the country.

The show Lockdown is broadcasted on the National Geographic Channel in the year 2007 and has since released two seasons. However in the combination of these two seasons, the show has only broadcasted ten hour long episodes that take a deeper look into what is going on behind prison walls. Despite amassing a fairly small number of episodes in total the show has been met with above average reviews from the public and from critics and bloggers alike.

Digging into the unknown for most of Americans in the United States, this show offers a look into the place that as residents we never want to visit. When a person is sent to jail or the penitentiary there are a ton of variables and other things going on that we may not see on the outside. When a person goes to jail or prison they are not just put in a jail cell where they wait till they are released. On the contrary, they are in a fight for their life and are subject to dangers that exceed or wildest imaginations if we have not been to this type of place before.

The show taps on the subject of gang wars, and race riots in the prison system. It shows various types of jails including women's prisons and shows how life is in maximum security penitentiaries across the United States of America. Lockdown offers a new look into the world that many fall into after being convicted of crime and sheds light on the deeper lying issues that a person may encounter when getting caught up in the prison system in America.

Lockdown is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on May 7, 2006.

Where do I stream Lockdown online? Lockdown is available for streaming on National Geographic, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Lockdown on demand at Amazon, iTunes online.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic
4 Seasons, 28 Episodes
May 7, 2006
Documentary & Biography
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Lockdown Full Episode Guide

  • The murders of an El Paso country detention officer and his wife take place right near the U.S. border, with the murders continuing, Juarez becomes the murder capital of Mexico.

  • Filled with nearly 2,500 inmates, the Sacramento County Jail is overcrowded with a dwindling number of officers. In this episode of Lockdown, meet a married couple facing a potential life sentence on charges of torture and false imprisonment, a first-timer trying to steer clear of the Norteo prison gang, and a 52 year-old meth addict waiting to receive her sentence on charges of burglary and fraud.

  • Officers at Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla. put their lives on the line to keep inmates safe and under control.

  • Bexar County Jail in San Antonio, Texas is in the middle of a gang war and a time bomb is ticking until an explosion occurs between the Mexican Mafia and the Tango Orejons.

  • Go behind bars at the Denver County jail.

  • Lockdown goes behind the razor wire for an in-depth look at Cleaveland's Cuyahoga County Jail. See the drama unfold as the Special Response Team faces a new gang that preys on other inmates.

  • From inside Colorado's Freemont Correctional Facility, convicted sex offenders discuss the challenges they face inside the prison each day, finding themselves at the bottom rung of the prison hierarchy.

  • A close look into the only the state's only all-female prison, Maryland Correctional Institute for Women, including interviews with inmates guards.

  • Follow the State Police as they head into Alaska's isolated bush, where despite a low population they have a higher crime rate.

  • A closer look at the Colorado Youthful Offender System, where only the most violent of juvenile offenders are sent for rehabilitation before being sent to an adult facility.

  • A look at Detroit's Wayne County Jail, where efforts are made to rehabilitate female offenders.

  • A 37-year-old ex-con has asked for his release after serving a 14-year prison sentence for armed robbery, as we profile his adjustment to life on the outside.