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  • AMERICA'S HARDEST PRISONS

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We dare you to venture behind the bars of America’s toughest, meanest and most daunting jails.

Find out what goes on inside America’s most dangerous prisons. Visit the institutions where hardened criminals try to break all the rules every day and meet the prison officers who try to keep them in line.

Discover the stories behind the inmates who are kept there. For some, life on the inside is all they know. For others, only thoughts of their loved ones keep them on the right track. And for those who want to go straight, their biggest challenge comes when they try to make a new life on the outside.

The critically acclaimed America’s Hardest Prisons returns for another six-part series beginning with a guided tour of Stateville Correctional Facility, in Chicago, Illinois, by Sgt. Baldwin, a 16-year veteran. He expresses the importance of the outside world to inmates and how it keeps them san...
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