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MSNBC Shoots Documentaries on Sex Slaves, Murder and Prisons

MSNBC has lined up more than a dozen new documentaries, on topics ranging from sex slaves in America to maximum security prisons, to premiere in its primetime “Doc Block” in December.

The “Doc Block,” which runs weeknights 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT, includes standalone documentaries and several returning MSNBC series. Premiering this December are Conviction, a new series, MSNBC Undercover: Sex Slaves in America, and Journey to the Center of the Brain.

In addition, MSNBC brings back two popular series Lockup: Holman - Extended Stay and Born in the Wrong Body. Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder also makes its MSNBC debut.  

MSNBC Undercover: Sex Slaves in America, hosted by Meredith Vieira, premieres Dec. 3, at 11 p.m. It goes inside the human trafficking and underground prostitution scene in the United States.

The Lockup: Holman - Extended Stay six-part series premieres Dec. 10, at 10 p.m. MSNBC spent four months inside Alabama’s highest security prison.

Two episodes of the new series Conviction premiere Dec. 19 at 11 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. In a place where admitting your crime can get you killed, five inmates dare to come to terms with their murderous pasts. MSNBC’s Conviction takes viewers on a journey through the criminal mind, documenting inmates in peer therapy as they struggle to admit their crimes in the most unforgiving place of all, prison.

Two new episodes of Born in the Wrong Body premiere Dec. 23, at 9 p.m. and Dec. 27, at 11 p.m. 

The first part, Girls Will Be Boys, takes an intimate look at three adult biological females who have been living their lives as men and the path they take towards making their bodies match the gender they believe they are.

The second hour, On the Edge, delves into the transgender “Ballroom” scene in New York. This episode follows four “transwomen” (transgender men-to-women) who walk on the edge of living life fully while being pushed to the edge of society.

Journey to the Center of the Brain premieres Dec. 23 at 10 p.m., and takes you into the elite world of neurosurgery – following doctors and patients as they navigate their way through life altering surgeries.

Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder airs Dec. 12 at 11 p.m. and examines the culture of institutional violence through the events that led to one brutal prison murder. Utah State Prison surveillance cameras capture this disturbing real-life account of the vicious stabbing of black inmate Lonnie Blackmon by convicted murderer, white supremacist Troy Kell and his accomplice Eric Daniels.