In Spokane County Jail, accused murderers, rapists, and the mentally ill outnumber the staff four to one and put an elite force of officers to the test.
Gangs and contraband items fuel a battle for control between inmates and the Gang Intelligence Unit at Shelby County Division of Correction in Memphis, TN.
At the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center, the Special Response Team addresses problem inmates. They tackle any emergency, from attacks on officers, to suicidal inmates; from detainees stealing supplies to controlling a highly-dangerous serial killer.
In Johnson County, Kansas inmates are housed under a high-tech system that minimizes staff through the use of technology and heavy video surveillance. Instead of jail guards, county sheriffs work the streets and virtually run the jails at the same time.