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Hard Time

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Documentary 16+2009 - Present4 SeasonsReturning: Date TBAOn: Free Services Netflix 

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 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 Alaska

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Jan 22, 2009
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 02 The Ropes

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Mar 3, 2009
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Tools of Control

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Mar 10, 2009
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Changes Behind Bars

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Mar 17, 2009
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Breaking Point

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Mar 24, 2009
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Breakout

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Mar 31, 2009
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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.

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Season 01, Episode 07 Breakout

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Mar 31, 2009
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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.

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 The Hustle

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Feb 2, 2011
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Prison City

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Feb 2, 2011
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Breaking Rules

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Feb 9, 2011
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Female Offenders

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Feb 16, 2011
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 05 Against the Wall

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Feb 23, 2011
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 06 Prison Gangs

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Mar 2, 2011
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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.

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Season 02, Episode 07 Back on the Streets

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Mar 9, 2011
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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.

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Season 3

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Season 03, Episode 01 Battle Behind Bars

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Jul 6, 2011
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Battle Behind Bars Jul 6, 2011 Georgia's Smith State Prison goes into lockdown following a large, bloody fight.

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Season 03, Episode 02 World Without Men

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Jul 13, 2011
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World Without Men Jul 13, 2011 Georgia's largest female facility, Lee Arrendale State Prison.

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Season 03, Episode 03 Women on Lockdown

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Jul 20, 2011
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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.

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Season 03, Episode 04 Gangs vs. God

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Jul 27, 2011
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Gangs vs. God Jul 27, 2011 The Metro State Prison in Atlanta is where female offenders in Georgia begin their jail term.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Cellphone War

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Aug 3, 2011
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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..

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Season 03, Episode 06 Prisoner Protest

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Aug 10, 2011
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Prisoner Protest Aug 10, 2011 Hays State Prison is challenged by an inmate sit-in.

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Season 03, Episode 07 The Convict Cycle

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Aug 17, 2011
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The Convict Cycle Aug 17, 2011 The Hays State Prison in Georgia is a disciplinary camp with closed security and is home to 1,500 inmates.

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Season 4

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Season 04, Episode 01 Predator and Prey

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Aug 29, 2012
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 02 Hustlers

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Sep 5, 2012
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 03 Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation

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Sep 12, 2012
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Come on Vacation, Leave on Probation Sep 12, 2012 Clark County Detention Center serves as a revolving door for repeat offenders and career criminals.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Jail Mom

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Sep 18, 2012
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 05 Running the Joint

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Sep 26, 2012
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Running the Joint Sep 26, 2012 A visit to Las Vegas' main jail; Clark County Detention Center.

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Season 04, Episode 06 Love Behind Bars

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Oct 3, 2012
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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.

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Season 04, Episode 07 Judgement Day

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Oct 10, 2012
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Judgement Day Oct 10, 2012 Inmates at the Clark County Detention Center await their day in court.

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