The Big House

History Documentary hosted by Paul Sorvino, published by History Channel in 2003 – English narration


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 toughest prisons in the world as THE BIG HOUSE profiles the penitentiaries, prisoners and wardens that have made history. From the Maze in Belfast – the scene of many famous moments including the ‘Dirty Protests’ and Bobby Sands’ hunger strike – to LA County Jail, whose inmates have included gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Mickey Cohen. Go behind the scenes at the jails which have built up a notorious reputation as the home to some of the world’s most dangerous men. HISTORY dives deep into the correctional institutions that have hosted some of the world’s most infamous criminals. Interviews include current and retired prison wardens and correctional officers. From 23 hours-a-day solitary lockdown to working as a ranch-hand THE BIG HOUSE investigates what it means for criminals who receive the guilty verdict.

Produced by Greystone Communications, Inc. For The History Channel

7)  Montana State Prison
Herds of livestock roam here under the big Montana sky. Cowboys and wranglers watch over them. But these are not ordinary ranch hands. And this is no ordinary ranch. Welcome to the State Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana. 1,300 high and medium security inmates live here. Their range of crimes includes murder and robbery as well as drug possession and sex crimes. In its present day setting, Montana State Prison operates efficiently as both a ranch and a modern high security fortress. But it’s legacy is dark and its history is marked by violent uprisings, inhumane conditions and brutality. We’ll see where the story began –five miles away from the current cellblocks in the state’s original stone prison — now a relic and tourist attraction that looks like a castle. We’ll meet inmates who work on the prison’s farm and dairy as well as violent offenders who hold jobs as– telemarketers.

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