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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Take an unvarnished look at life behind bars.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Mature subject

What shocked me was Season 3 ep. 6 an officer searching the breasts of a woman in county jail with a half grin on his face. Women should search womens bodies not men. The woman was screaming out feeling violated the way he was feeling her up and it certainly made me feel like I witnessed an assault on the woman from the officer. I couldn't watch anymore as I lost any respect for the officers.
age 16+


I watch these prison/jail reality shows and 99.999% of the inmates in these shows always claim to be innocent. Yeah right, law enforcement is so inept that they almost never bust the right person. Besides that, all of the inmates on those shows keep complaining about how bad being incarcerated is. Well, jails were never made to be some sort of vacation spot. If being incarcerated is so bad, why do they keep on doing things to get themselves incarcerated? It's like the old saying, "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime." In essense, these shows serve no purpose other than to provide a platform for those lowlifes to jave a very undeserved voice.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Sheer curiosity will be a big draw for this well-made series, but Lockdown definitely isn't for younger viewers. Details of criminal histories, shots of violent prison fights, inmates' boisterous defiance of authority, and scenes of prisoners in full restraints -- including shackles, chains, padded helmets to prevent head-butting, and masks to fend off spitting -- are too much for anyone who can't understand the extreme behavior that landed these people behind bars in the first place.

But as shocking as the content is, it could serve as a harsh eye opener for any teens flirting with potentially poor lifestyle decisions. Viewers will also come away with a new appreciation for corrections officers, who put their lives on the line every day.

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