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They are home to habitual criminals and incorrigibles, and have long histories of overcrowding, protests, riots, violence, and bloodshed. Visit some of the most intense and intriguing prisons in the U.S. and Europe as The Big House profiles the penitentiaries, prisoners, and wardens that have made history. From the riot-ridden San Quentin prison in California, where “Coyote Flat Killer” Jack Ryan wrongly served 25 years only to be pardoned posthumously, to the backward and brutal Angola Prison, whose 130-year history has recorded chilling scenes of misery, assault, and murder, and the Maze prison in Belfast, where in 1976, IRA inmates protested their imprisonment and refused
to wear their uniforms, HISTORY dives deep into the correctional institutions that have hosted some of the world’s most infamous criminals. Interviews include Nadine Turner, director of the Angola Prison Museum; Billy Burke, who served over 20 years in Folsom; as well as current and retired prison wardens and correctional officers. Prisons featured in this collection are: Angola, Attica, Auburn, Central Prison, Florida State, Folsom, Kentucky State, LA County Jail, Lewisburg Federal, Maze Prison, Montana State, McNeil Island, Parchman, and San Quentin.

Customer Reviews

An Interesting History on Prisons

These shows were not quite what I was expecting but after watching a couple of episodes, I will say that they offer a very interesting history on the penal system. The stories behind the prisons are very detailed and in some cases, the facts are surprising. I particularly enjoyed the history lesson on The Maze in Northern Ireland and the LA County Jail and listening to first hand accounts of both staff and inmates. Well done.

The Big House
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Released: Jul 16, 2009
  • CCin English

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