How much influence do prison gangs have

The law of the road

Season 1, episodes 1-13

  • DMAX initial broadcast order
  • 1. The crimes of the Aryan Brotherhood (American Gangs)

    Brute force and assault against other inmates are commonplace in America's prisons. The supporters of the so-called "Aryan Brotherhood" are among the worst criminals who are up to mischief behind the walls of the institution. Cold-blooded, unscrupulous and unpredictable - the members of the "Aryen Brotherhood" rely on sheer terror in their bloody power struggles. Blinded by National Socialist ideas, the members of the criminal organization will stop at nothing. Loyal followers who have proven their loyalty through brutal acts of violence wear tattooed swastikas and SS runes on their skin as an award. Even more important than conviction, the leaders of the "Brotherhood" are, however, their profitable, criminal machinations. When it comes to business, skin color suddenly doesn't matter anymore. In the drug trade, with which the criminal organization earns millions according to experts, the "Brotherhood" works hand in hand with black and Mexican gangs. This documentation shows the professionalism with which the radical right-wing gang members go about their evil machinations. Influential leaders also have their say in front of the camera. (Text: DMAX)

    Alternate episode title: 'Gang of Hate: The Aryan Brotherhood'.
  • 2nd Road War in America (1) (Gang Wars: Oakland (1))

    Everyday life in the 420,000-inhabitant metropolis of Oakland on the east bank of the San Francisco Bay is characterized by gang wars and brute force. Shots are fired somewhere in town every night. The crime rate rises and rises. The industrial metropolis has one of the highest murder rates in the country. Most crimes are committed by gang members. The documentary plunges into the vicious circle of violence. (Text: n-tv)

    Alternate episode title: 'Law of the Road: Gangs Out of Control'.
  • 3rd Street War in America (2) (Gang Wars: Oakland (2))

    Alternate episode title: 'Law of the Street: America's Gang Wars'.
  • 4. In the hardest prison in Alaska (Hard Time: Alaska)

    Alaska's most dangerous criminals, including numerous rapists and murderers, are serving their sentences in the Spring Creek Correctional Center. The detention center about 150 kilometers south of Anchorage, in the midst of snowfields and mountain ranges, is the northernmost maximum security prison in the United States. The guards on the approximately one square kilometer site are constantly on alert, as outbreaks of violence in Spring Creek are the order of the day. The officers also regularly find drugs and hand-made weapons in the inmates' cells. Particularly rebellious inmates who repeatedly come into conflict with the authorities are housed in the 2 x 3 meter cells of the high-security wing. - The only way to keep the peace in Spring Creek. Cases of hardship are locked up there for 23 hours a day, and the courtyard walk takes place in a secure area, isolated from other prisoners. This documentary shows the dangerous everyday life of law enforcement officers and inmates in Alaska's toughest prison. (Text: DMAX)

  • 5. The Prison Revolt (Hard Time: Indiana)

    A dangerous power struggle is raging behind the prison walls of the Pendleton Correctional Facility. Most of the 1900 or so inmates in the prison 40 kilometers from Indianapolis will spend the rest of their lives behind bars. Most of the prisoners are felons, convicted of murder, rape or armed robbery. Some have been sentenced to 280 years in prison to ensure that they never leave prison alive. Since such convicts have nothing to lose, they are considered particularly dangerous. Accordingly, there are always criminal offenses within the high-security wing: drug trafficking and violent confrontations are almost the order of the day. In addition, there are regular riots among prison inmates. Once an inmate was beaten to death in his cell. In 2008, Brett Mize took over the management of the prison. The Iraq war veteran is used to absolute obedience from his military service and is known for an uncompromising style of leadership. With disciplinary rigor, employment programs and further training measures, he wants to bring the inmates of Pendleton to reason and thus noticeably reduce the crime rate within the prison. (Text: DMAX)

  • 6. Undercover with the Mongols (Outlaw Bikers - Mongols)

    Since the first motorcycle clubs were founded in 1948, some bikers have achieved notoriety. The “Mongols”, for example, hit the headlines with assault, drug deals and murder. Since there were almost never any witnesses willing to testify in the crimes committed by the Mongols, the investigators' hands were usually tied. Therefore, the ATF decided to smuggle in an undercover agent. Billy Queen managed to penetrate into the innermost circle of the Mongols. The special agent lived among the outlaws for two years, often in mortal danger. (Text: DMAX)

  • 7. Undercover at the Hells Angels (Outlaw Bikers - Hell’s Angels)

    Leather jacket, long hair, roaring engine - the biker is a modern US symbol for freedom and rebellion, who is stylized as a hero in films like "Easy Rider". But since the first clubs were founded in 1948, bikers like the Hells Angels or the Mongols have also achieved notoriety. Because of their rude behavior, the American authorities have always branded them as dangerous outlaws. But are they just a community of passionate bikers who like to be gloomy in public, or real criminal gangs who make millions from drugs, arms trafficking and contract killings? DMAX reports on the mystery and truth of the famous biker troop and the fight of the US federal authorities against the violent gangs. In high-risk undercover missions, police officers mingle secretly with the group for months and try to put an end to the criminals. (Text: DMAX)

  • 8. Washington's Chaos Jail (Behind Bars: Washington)

    The Spokane County Jail in Washington State is no ordinary jail. Most of the prisoners who are serving their prison sentence there for serious felony crimes or who are waiting for a trial are considered to be mentally ill or mentally ill. On top of that, the prison is hopelessly overcrowded. Originally only designed for 465 inmates, almost 600 convicts now eke out a dreary and cramped existence behind the walls of the prison. Due to a lack of public funds, savings are made in every nook and cranny in the US jail - including staff. Brute force is the order of the day in the Spokane County Jail. (Text: DMAX)

  • 9.Special Mission in Ohio (Behind Bars: Ohio)

    They are called the "Men in Black". In the largest prison in the US state of Ohio, a group of specially trained security officers has the difficult task of maintaining order. A strenuous, dangerous job that requires maximum concentration around the clock, because in the "Cuyahoga County Correction Center" there is a huge potential for criminal energy, aggressiveness and violence. With around 2000 inmates, the jail is hopelessly overcrowded, but new prisoners are constantly being added. No wonder that violent attacks between the inmates as well as against the security personnel are the order of the day. For this reason, every member of the “Special Response Team”, or SRT for short, carries a transmitter with them so that they can call their colleagues for help in the event of danger. Unfortunately, that doesn't always work. This documentary shows the tough everyday life behind the prison walls of a typical American prison and the dangerous job of the men who have to fight the chaos. (Text: DMAX)

  • 10. In Kansas High Tech Jail (Behind Bars: Kansas)

    In contrast to many other prisons in the USA, the "New Century Adult Detention Center" in the state of Kansas is equipped with the latest technology. The entire system, including the outside area, is monitored by computer-aided cameras right down to the furthest corner. In addition, the institution's electronic doors can be opened and closed at the push of a button, so that entire building complexes can be sealed off from one another within seconds in an emergency. With these means on the one hand and particularly sharp drill on the other, one tries to ensure order in Kansas. But the principle of “control at any price” also has its downsides: many prisoners in the “New Century Jail” are extremely troubled by total surveillance. (Text: DMAX)

  • 11. The Power of Prison Gangs (Behind Bars: Tennessee)

    Hashish, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines - almost every inmate at Shelby County Jail in Tennessee has access to illegal drugs. Not because the intoxicants are available there at the kiosk, but because prison gangs are up to mischief in the institution. The arms trade in the Shelby County Division of Correction is also flourishing because the security forces have not yet succeeded in neutralizing the 30 different gangs in jail. And these conditions have devastating consequences - especially when, as in 2008, the violence escalates in the notorious prison. Five inmates were seriously injured in a violent clash between two armed gangs. So that incidents of this kind do not recur in Tennessee, the prison administration has now set up a special unit. The seven trained officers of the so-called "Gang Intelligence Unit" are supposed to put an end to the hustle and bustle of the criminals and stop their illegal activities. This issue of “The Law of the Road” shows how the numerically hopelessly outnumbered “gang experts” proceed in their daily work and the dangers they are exposed to. (Text: DMAX)

  • 12th Texas Drug Wars

    South of Texas, in neighboring Mexico, a bloody drug war has been raging for years. President Calderón has made the fight against organized crime a top priority during his tenure in office, but the cartels respond to arrests with brutal violence and the conflict spills over the border. The consequences are kidnapping, murder and barbaric beheadings, because the paramilitary units of the drug barons will stop at nothing in their criminal machinations. Not even on the American side. For this reason, US politicians have now decided to take tough action: eleven special divisions, including the "Texas Rangers", are supposed to put an end to the goings-on of the Mexican drug mafia in the states and restore security in the region - by any means necessary. (Text: DMAX)

  • 13. On Death Row: The Last 24 Hours

    Season 1, Episode 13 (95 min.)

    A large number of prisoners sentenced to death in the USA order cheeseburgers with french fries as a hangman's meal. Others order chicken, shrimp or, like "Oklahoma Bomber" Timothy McVeigh, a chocolate mint ice cream. In most cases, extra expensive special requests are not granted: In Florida, the limit for the last meal of the delinquents is 40 dollars, in Oklahoma it is only 20. The rights and privileges of the convicts vary from state to state. In some, the death row inmates are allowed to decide for themselves how they will be executed, for example by lethal injection, in the gas chamber or on the electric chair. However, the protocol for the last few hours is the same everywhere: from cutting your hair, to showering, to the last phone call - nothing is left to chance before the execution. (Text: DMAX)

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