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  • Title: Lockdown: First Timers
  • Client: National Geographic Television

Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in rural Iowa is a medium security prison, housing nearly 1200 young first-time offenders. Brimming with energy, angst, and testosterone, it’s known as “gladiator camp”, a place to prove your toughness. It’s also the home of a unique program trying to stop young men from becoming repeat offenders and getting stuck in the system for life.

Produced for National Geographic Television, LOCKDOWN: FIRST TIMERS explores the lives of these impulsive young men on the brink, giving a first-hand introduction to a subculture of violence, and walking in the shoes of those officers tasked with the difficult job of maintaining order in an unstable environment where, at any moment, chaos can prevail.