Lockup (TV series)

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Genre Reality, Documentary, Drama
Created by Rasha Drachkovitch
Developed by 44 Blue Productions
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 115
Original channel MSNBC
Original run June 3, 2005 – present
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Lockup is a prison documentary series, produced by 44 Blue Productions, which airs on MSNBC. The Lockup franchise also includes Lockup: Raw, Lockup: World Tour, Lockup: Extended Stay, Lockup: Special Investigation, and Life After Lockup.

Lockup (and the other series in the franchise) explore prison facilities throughout the United States, profiling notable inmates, incidents, and prison operations. A typical episode usually follows one or two inmates as they attend disciplinary hearings, receive visits from family, and interact with other inmates. In some episodes, inmates are provided with personal video cameras ("inmate cams") to use in their cells for recording their thoughts.

Titles within the franchise deal in specific areas as follows:

  • Raw – Previously unaired footage from visits to various prisons, interspersed with comments from the production crew
  • Extended Stay – Blocks of episodes that each focus on a long-term visit to one prison
  • World Tour – Visits to prisons in countries other than the United States
  • Special Investigation – Focus on a specific aspect of the prison system, usually the juvenile justice system
  • Life After Lockup – Inmates who have been released from prison and are trying to return to society

Most episodes end with a 'recap', explaining what happened to a given inmate (or, on occasion, a staff member) months or years after the taping; subsequent episodes will frequently return to a given prison (and/or a given inmate) to revisit them several months later.


  • This list is not complete.
# Title Institution
G001 Inside San Quentin San Quentin State Prison
G002 Return to Rikers Rikers Island
G003 Inside Riverbend Riverbend Maximum Security Institution
G004 Return to Valley State Valley State Prison for Women
G005 Inside Wabash Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
G006 Inside Folsom Prison Folsom State Prison
G007 Inside North Carolina Women's Prison North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women
G008 Inside Utah State Prison Utah State Prison
G009 Inside Stateville Stateville Correctional Center
G010 Inside Anamosa Anamosa State Penitentiary
G011 The Inmate Diaries Davis Correctional Facility
G012 The Criminal Mind Atascadero State Hospital
G013 Inside Kentucky State Penitentiary Kentucky State Penitentiary
G014 Return to Corcoran California State Prison, Corcoran
G015 Return to Pelican Bay Pelican Bay State Prison
G016 Inside L.A. County Los Angeles County jail system
G017 Louisiana Louisiana State Penitentiary
G018 Inside Brushy Mountain Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex
G019 New Mexico Penitentiary of New Mexico
G020 Inside Alaska Spring Creek Correctional Center
G021 Inside Holman Holman Correctional Facility
G022 Inside Kern Valley Kern Valley State Prison
G023 Guards at Risk
G024 Inside Stark Heman G. Stark Youth Correctional Facility
G025 Violence Behind Bars
G026 Survival Behind Bars
G027 Shock Incarceration Louisiana's IMPACT Boot camp
G028 Getting Out

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