The Big House

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

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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 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

8) Lewisburg Federal
The Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary is one of 114 United States institutions for criminals who have committed federal offenses. The prison opened in 1932 as the fourth national federal prison for men. It is now a maximum-security facility home to approximately 1,500 inmates. Lewisburg has been the temporary home to some of America’s most controversial and intriguing criminals, such as mobsters John Gotti and Al Capone. Besides Mafia leaders, the Lewisburg Penitentiary has housed other famous men, including civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and accused Soviet spy Alger Hiss. Today prison is now home to those inmates who are dubbed the most disruptive and difficult to control at other federal prisons around the country.

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