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CNBC'S BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY Will Premiere Tuesday, October 18th
CNBC.com | September 19, 2011 | 04:24 PM EDT

(ALL TIMES IN ET)

Tuesday, 10/18/2011:

9:00 PM BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY

10:00 PM BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY

12:00 AM BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY

1:00 AM BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY

Friday, 10/21/2011:

8:00 PM BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY

Sunday, 10/23/2011:

10:00 PM BILLIONS BEHIND BARS: INSIDE AMERICA'S PRISON INDUSTRY

CNBC's Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry

“Billions Behind Bars: Inside America’s Prison Industry,” a CNBC original documentary, goes behind the razor wires to investigate the profits and inner-workings of the multi-billion dollar corrections industry.

With more than 2.3 million people locked up, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. One out of 100 American adults is behind bars – while a stunning one out of 32 is on probation, parole or in prison. This reliance on mass incarceration has created a thriving prison economy. The states and the federal government together spend roughly $74 billion a year on corrections, and nearly 800,000 people work in the industry.

From some of the poorest towns in America to some of the wealthiest investment firms on Wall Street, CNBC’s Scott Cohn travels the country to go inside the big and controversial business of prisons. He investigates the business model behind a private prison in Idaho, dubbed a “gladiator school” by inmates and former prison employees who cite its extraordinary level of violence. We also look at allegations of improper corporate prison industry influence over a tough immigration enforcement law in Arizona, and chronicle what happens when a hard hit town in Montana accepts an enticing sales pitch from private prison developers. In Colorado, we profile a little-known workforce behind bars, and discover that products created by prison labor have seeped into our everyday lives -- even some of the food we eat. We also meet a tough-talking judge in the law-and-order state of Texas who’s actually trying to keep felons out of prison and save taxpayer money, through an innovative and apparently successful program.About CNBC:With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD+, CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news providing real-time data, analysis and information to more than 390 million homes worldwide. The network's 16 live hours a day of business programming in North America (weekdays from 4:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.) is produced at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC News bureaus worldwide. CNBC.com and CNBC Mobile Web (mobile.cnbc.com) offer real-time stock quotes, charts, analysis and both on-demand and live streaming video.Members of the media can receive more information about CNBC and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web site at http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/networks/cnbc/

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