A shakedown is a surprise raid by prison authorities on prison cells to search for weapons and other contraband. In Allen the guards conduct a shakedown and find a shank in Michael's and Sucre's cell belonging to Sucre, who is sent to the SHU.

During a shakedown the prison authorities will shut off the water running into the Prison Cell's so that any contraband can not be discarded by flushing it down the toilet which is what Sucre explains to Michael during the episode "Allen"

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