Inside: Maximum Security
With more than 2 million people presently doing time in the US, issues inside prisons resonate beyond their walls. Gangs find fresh recruits here while their leaders continue to run their empires from within their cells, prison supervisors struggle to find the balance between punishment and rehabilitation, drugs and sex are a hard truth throughout the system leaving a lasting mark on prisoners that fall prey, race is the line that divides, an extreme version of the world outside prison. With violence always in the air, how do prisoners navigate the minefield of respect and how do guards maintain order in this hostile world? Filmed over an entire year, Inside: Maximum Security goes behind the scenes of Hays State Prison in Georgia, immersing viewers in the brutal reality of life inside. This high-profile correctional centre, is built to house criminals that other prisons can?t handle, within its walls are over 2,500 of America?s toughest criminal inmates and we investigate the harsh reality of their existence.