'Behind Bars' explores the uncompromising reality of prison life. Through unrestricted access to the cell blocks of some of the highest level security prisons, each hour-long episode captures a world where every day constitutes a fight for survival. On the surface, prison life is built upon order and discipline. The prison guard shifts run like clockwork as they closely monitor the inmates and escort them back and forth from their cells. However, underneath this routine is a seedy underworld. Take a trip behind bars to investigate Alaska's fiery Spring Creek Correctional Centre, renowned for being the state's most treacherous lock-up and journey into the depths of Pendleton Correctional Facility, to explore the ruthless reality of this high-security prison.
In Spokane County Jail, accused murderers, rapists, and the mentally ill outnumber the staff four to one and put an elite force of officers to the test.
Gangs and contraband items fuel a battle for control between inmates and the Gang Intelligence Unity at Shelby County Division of Correction in Memphis, TN.
At the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center the Special Response Team tackles any emergency, from attacks on officers, to inmates who could be suicidal?or may be just playing the system