The BEST Episodes of Lockup
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2021
Lockup takes us inside maximum security prisons, showing us what life is really like for those that are spending several years there, their whole life, or even those waiting to be executed.
#1 - Inside Miami-Dade Corrections
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 10, 2005
Miami's prison system.
#2 - Extended Stay: New Mexico - Taking a Hostage
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 2008
Prisoners take hostages in the Penitentiary of New Mexico.
#3 - Raw: The Devils Workshop
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 26, 2008
Idle time leads to mischief in prison.
#4 - Extended Stay: Corcoran - Road to Redemption
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 20, 2008
Inmates must choose between doing their time or following a more self-destructive path.
#5 - Raw: Pushing the Limits
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 27, 2010
In a life full of restrictions, we've seen inmates take control of whatever they can, despite the consequences. We've seen frustrated inmates reach their breaking point. And in the battle of wills, some will take actions that can never be reversed.
#6 - Raw: Ain't No Hotel
Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 18, 2010
America's Toughest Jail where we find stories that ranged from the unexpected to horrifying.
#7 - Wabash Valley: Extended Stay - Sticks and Stone
Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 26, 2011
The Wabash Correctional Facility houses more than 2,000 convicted felons.
#8 - Wabash Valley: Extended Stay - Close Quarters
Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 17, 2011
Pairing up inmates into two-man cells requires careful screening.
#9 - Inside Spring Creek Alaska
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 18, 2006
Life inside Alaska's Spring Creek Correctional Center.
#10 - Tampa: Extended Stay - High Profile
Season 11 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 3, 2011
At the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Fla., an accused murderer in a high profile case tries to cash in on her notoriety and a convicted rapist loses his cool in court.
#11 - Raw: Harsh Reality
Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2010
Sometimes life has other plans, like when the ex leader of a gang faces a whole new reality he discovers the price for coming clean.
#12 - Wichita: Extended Stay - Defending Bacon
Season 27 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 13, 2017
At the Sedgwick County Jail in Wichita, Kansas, many inmates rely on their faith to help them through their time behind bars.
#13 - Raw: The Daily Grind
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 19, 2008
The daily grind of prison life has been known to push some inmates to the brink.
#14 - Extended Stay: Corcoran - Hugs Not Drugs
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 30, 2008
Inmates find various ways to smuggle in contraband.
#15 - Raw: Ganging Up
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired May 16, 2009
Joining a gang while in prison.
#16 - Holman: Extended Stay - He Takes No Prisoners
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 10, 2007
Grantt Culliver controls the disruptive inmates of Holman Correctional Facility.
#17 - Extended Stay: Corcoran - Prison Politics
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 16, 2008
Corcoran officers put their lives on the line to prevent inmate attacks.
#18 - Raw: America's Toughest Jails
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 25, 2008
Three of America's busiest and largest jails.
#19 - Maricopa County: Extended Stay - Identity Crisis
Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 31, 2010
No matter the circumstances that brought them there, Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, will have a profound effect on who the inmates will become. And for some, their time in jail will reveal their true nature.
#20 - Indiana State Prison: Extended Stay - Brotherhood
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 20, 2009
The Residential Treatment Unit.
#21 - Boston: Extended Stay - Baptism by Fire
Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 6, 2011
An inmate finds himself on the wrong end of an attack; another with a reputation for violence and another waits trial for murder.
#22 - World Tour: Eastern Europe
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 26, 2009
Behind the walls of six maximum-security prisons in Serbia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
#23 - Wabash Valley: Extended Stay - We Fight
Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 10, 2011
A group inmates find themselves in racial conflict.
#24 - Grand Rapids: Extended Stay - And Baby Makes Three?
Season 17 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 7, 2013
A rapper in jail for assaulting his girlfriend is about to return to the streets; an inmate worker tries creating the jail's most popular dish; a pair of incarcerated lovers might have another mouth to feed.
#25 - Grand Rapids: Extended Stay - The Gamble
Season 17 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 14, 2013
An inmate with a long record and a big personality faces another problem; four inmates enter the system following a shocking home invasion.