Hard Time is an American reality-documentary television series on the National Geographic Channel. The series debuted on February 1, 2011 and is hosted by Thurston Moore as he sheds light on the daily life of the prisoners and guards at the Correctional Reception Center located in Orient, Ohio.
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Season 1Netflix | SnagFilms | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Jan 22, 2009
Alaska Jan 22, 2009 Life at one of the most scenic lockups in the world, Alaska’s Spring Creek Correctional Center, where the inmates are surround by one of the countries most breathtaking national parks. But that tranquility is just a sharp contrast to the crimes committed by those jailed inside.
S01 E02Mar 3, 2009
The Ropes Mar 3, 2009 Hays State Prison is one of the toughest facilities in the state of Georgia for prisoners and guards alike. In this episode, we'll meet Stephen Crane and 18 other inmates who are being transferred here. They'll be forced to learn the ropes and face the hurdles that come with entering a new prison. Then, we'll meet Elgin Tracy, a 23-year-old Iraq War veteran. Now he is on a different front line as a corrections officer, level one, starting his first day on the job.
S01 E03Mar 10, 2009
Tools of Control Mar 10, 2009 At his home overlooking Hays State Prison, deputy warden for security Cedric Taylor is up early and has called in the head of his special forces, the CERT Team and its K-9 unit, for a surprise shakedown of inmates. This is one of the largest actions the prison can take more than 30 officers blanket the cell house, searching for smuggled contraband, such as drugs, homemade alcohol, and even pets.
S01 E04Mar 17, 2009
Changes Behind Bars Mar 17, 2009 In an extreme world, transformation often occurs and starts physically, sometimes in the form of an illegal prison tattoo, sometimes becoming what some call "the female gender" behind bars.
S01 E05Mar 24, 2009
Breaking Point Mar 24, 2009 See the Hi-Max -- the most extreme prison environment allowed under American law, and at the other end of the spectrum, Georgia has "shock incarceration" for nonviolent first-time offenders: 90 days of intense, military-style boot camp.
S01 E06Mar 31, 2009
Breakout Mar 31, 2009 Follow the intense manhunt for escaped convicts Johnny Mack Brown and Michael Tweedell. Inmates go into lockdown, tactical squads assemble and K-9 units scour the countryside looking for clues.
Season 2Netflix | SnagFilms | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Feb 2, 2011
The Hustle Feb 2, 2011 Go inside the underground prison economy at Ohio's Ross Correctional Institution and see inmates try their hands at different money-making strategies. A "jailhouse thief" brings his street ways within jailhouse walls, brutally robbing inmates and selling their possessions. A drug dealer on a 27-year sentence for attempted murder struggles to stay "clean" after getting caught up selling contraband at the orientation prison.
S02 E02Feb 2, 2011
Prison City Feb 2, 2011 Ross Correctional Institution is a gated city. Every inmate must make a choice: Use his sentence to prepare for a life on the outside, or fall prey to the convict mentality which on the inside is called getting institutionalized.
S02 E03Feb 9, 2011
Breaking Rules Feb 9, 2011 A high-stakes game of cat and mouse plays out at Ross Correctional Institution in Ohio. On one side, you have the inmates: men who've spent a lifetime breaking the rules and outwitting the system. On the other is a team of officers who monitor every corner of the prison and work to catch the offenders red-handed. There are rule breakers: a drug hustler trying to run his game behind bars, an old-school inmate, a jailhouse lawyer subverting the system and a lone wolf with one too many strikes.
S02 E04Feb 16, 2011
Female Offenders Feb 16, 2011 Forget what you thought you knew about women behind bars: theyre the fastest growing prison population in America, and one of the toughest to manage. At the Ohio Reformatory for Women, the system is tested daily by every kind of female offender: from capital murderers, to nursery mothers - and everything in between. Behind these bars, there are "pseudo-families" instead of gangs, infants being raised by inmates, and a complicated web of contraband trades and power plays. This is a world of women unlike any youve ever seen.
S02 E05Feb 23, 2011
Against the Wall Feb 23, 2011 Enter the locked-down world of Ohio's intake prison. For the newly convicted, the Correctional Reception Center (CRC) in Orient, Ohio, is their last view of the free world. More than 14,000 inmates are sized up each year at CRC and moved on to serve out their sentences. From robbers to murders and rapists, CRC sees it all. And while most follow the rules and do their time peacefully, some inmates come in with their own agenda, ready to make trouble.
S02 E06Mar 2, 2011
Prison Gangs Mar 2, 2011 In prison, every day is a fight for survival. An inmate's most important weapon may not be a shank or a razor, but instead a gang membership. With more than 1,400 classified gangs in the Ohio prison system, inmates are joining up in alarming numbers.
S02 E07Mar 9, 2011
Back on the Streets Mar 9, 2011 Almost all of the inmates in Ohio's Ross Correctional Institution for drugs, robbery or murder will be released back into the community someday. But withdrawing from the temptations of gang life, gambling and dark hustles is a steep challenge. After years behind bars, prison can seem more like home than the outside world. The last few months of an inmate's sentence are a time for him to unlearn the prison mentality.
Season 3Netflix | SnagFilms | Rent or Buy
S03 E01Jul 6, 2011
Battle Behind Bars Jul 6, 2011 Georgia's Smith State Prison goes into lockdown following a large, bloody fight.
S03 E02Jul 13, 2011
World Without Men Jul 13, 2011 Georgia's largest female facility, Lee Arrendale State Prison.
S03 E03Jul 20, 2011
Women on Lockdown Jul 20, 2011 Three inmates, a first-timer, a career criminal, and a murderer with a life sentence attempt to adjust to the pitfalls and challenges of Georgia's toughest women's prison.
S03 E04Jul 27, 2011
Gangs vs. God Jul 27, 2011 The Metro State Prison in Atlanta is where female offenders in Georgia begin their jail term.
S03 E05Aug 3, 2011
Cellphone War Aug 3, 2011 Officers battle a flood of contraband cellphones at Georgia's Smith State Prison, where access to a mobile device means power on the inside..
S03 E06Aug 10, 2011
Prisoner Protest Aug 10, 2011 Hays State Prison is challenged by an inmate sit-in.
Season 4SnagFilms | Rent or Buy
S04 E01Aug 29, 2012
Predator and Prey Aug 29, 2012 Life in prison is marked by power and those who have it one day can lose it the next.
S04 E02Sep 5, 2012
Hustlers Sep 5, 2012 Meet the jail mom. Older, wiser, steeped in the ways of the convict, the jail mom's influence can be benevolent or vengeful, nurturing or violent.
S04 E03Sep 12, 2012
Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation Sep 12, 2012 Clark County Detention Center serves as a revolving door for repeat offenders and career criminals.
S04 E04Sep 18, 2012
Jail Mom Sep 18, 2012 The woman's units at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas offer up a world of treacherous contrasts.
S04 E05Sep 26, 2012
Running the Joint Sep 26, 2012 A visit to Las Vegas' main jail; Clark County Detention Center.
S04 E06Oct 3, 2012
Love Behind Bars Oct 3, 2012 At the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, inmates are forces to choose whether to continue on their current path or mend their ways.