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
9) The Maze
Located near Belfast, Maze Prison held both Catholic and Protestant prisoners, members of paramilitary groups like the Irish Republican Army. The prison consists of 8 H-shaped cellblocks with cameras, searchlights, 16-foot walls, and guard towers. Outside, British soldiers patrol. We investigate several incidents, including: the Blanket Protests, when IRA inmates refused to wear uniforms; the Dirty Protest, when prisoners smeared human waste on prison walls; and the Bobby Sand hunger strike.
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Published on: Mar 14, 2016 @ 13:55