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MSNBC Documentary Features Life in Alabama Prison

Birmingham – Grantt Culliver is Alabama's only prison warden with a show on cable television.

Culliver runs Holman Prison, which has been featured this fall on an MSNBC series documenting life inside some of America's toughest maximum-security prisons.

"Lockup: Holman Extended Stay" is gripping for its stark view of life at Holman. Its cameras encountered blood spilled during a prisoner assault, overcrowding, white supremacists and homosexual inmate "marriages."

The show also has depicted months-long stays in solitary confinement, prison weapons and an inmate moonshine called "julep."

Prisoners can't see the show since Holman doesn't have cable television. The documentary has gotten mixed reviews on Internet forums dominated by wives and girlfriends of men imprisoned at Holman.

Culliver said the staff is pleased with the program, which airs its last new episode tonight at 10 p.m. CST.

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