Breaking Down the Bars

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Breaking Down the Bars
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Series title card
Genre Documentary
Presented by Stephanie Covington
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) Rasha Drachkovitch
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) 44 Blue Productions
Original network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) – January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
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Breaking Down the Bars is an American documentary television series on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The series debuted on February 15, 2011.[1]


The series follows a group of female prisoners during their time at the Rockville Correctional Facility with Dr. Stephanie Covington helping them with their journey to reach personal goals.[2]


No. Title Original air date
1 "You're Not Here to Make Friends" October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13)
Hannah is visited by her parents. Larretha finds herself in solitary confinement. Abbie arrives at the facility to start her 15 year sentence.
2 "The Recovery Process" November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03)
Amanda tries to mend her relationship with her mother and Hannah reveals some shocking news to her parents.
3 "Walking a Fine Line" November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
Tiffany achieves her GED. Nicole attempts to change a prison policy. Amanda writes a letter to her family back home.
4 "An Offender Mentality" November 24, 2011 (2011-11-24)
Nicole gets early release. Lisa organizes her thoughts. Hannah ends up being caught in her lies.
5 "A Lot to Be Angry About" January 5, 2012 (2012-01-05)
Michelle is hopeful that her mother will come for her graduation. Nicole looks for a job. Tiffany is shocked by her surprise guest.
6 "If I Had a Daughter in Here" January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12)
Larretha's former coach comes to visit her. Amanda shares a song she composed dedicated to her mother.
7 "Beyond the Bars" January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19)
Lisa is taken back when she is confronted by her dead husband's mother. Amanda gets caught spending time with her boyfriend. Tiffany succumbs to pressure.


  1. ^ "Own: The Oprah Winfrey Network Unveils Original Programming for Its January 1, 2011 Launch". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  2. ^ "OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces February Premieres of Two New Original Series "Searching For..." and "Breaking Down the Bars"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
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