Inside the World's Toughest Prisons

All Episodes 2016 - 2023
TV-MA

  • 2018-01-12T08:00:00Zs at 2018-01-12T08:00:00Z on Netflix
  • 2016-03-03T08:00:00Z
  • 44m
  • 21h 10m (27 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Emporium Productions
  • Crime, Documentary
Crime journalist Raphael Rowe goes behind the bars of some of the world’s most notorious and toughest prisons. Immersing himself in maximum security facilities around the world to live as a prisoner, he encounters the inmates locked up for their crimes and meets the men and women on the right side of law tasked with keeping the criminals behind bars.

27 episodes

Series Premiere

2016-04-20T07:00:00Z

1x01 Honduras

Series Premiere

1x01 Honduras

  • 2016-04-20T07:00:00Z44m

Paul Connolly heads to Honduras, the murder capital of the world, to spend a week living as a prisoner inside one of the most dangerous prisons - Danli Prison.

2016-04-27T07:00:00Z

1x02 Poland

1x02 Poland

  • 2016-04-27T07:00:00Z44m

Connolly serves time in Poland's Piotrkow prison, a maximun security lockup where the country's most hardened criminals stay in cells 23 hours a day.

2016-03-03T08:00:00Z

1x03 Mexico

1x03 Mexico

  • 2016-03-03T08:00:00Z44m

Mexico's el Hongo prison is home to murderers, hitmen, drug bossess and -- for one week -- Paul Connolly, who experiences life among the inmates.

Season Finale

2016-05-04T07:00:00Z

1x04 Philippines

Season Finale

1x04 Philippines

  • 2016-05-04T07:00:00Z44m

Connolly spends time in two different prisons in the Philippines, where overcrowding, gangs and severe intimidation are a way of life.

Season Premiere

2018-07-06T07:00:00Z

2x01 Brazil: The Gang Prison

Season Premiere

2x01 Brazil: The Gang Prison

  • 2018-07-06T07:00:00Z53m

Investigative journalist Raphael Rowe spends a few days -- both as a guard and a prisoner -- inside Brazil's gang-filled Porto Velho Penitentiary.

Ukraine's Zhytomyr Prison is operated with a skeleton crew that allows prisoners to freely roam the grounds -- often with potentially dangerous weapons.

Raphael Rowe visits the short-staffed Bomana Prison in Papua New Guinea, where near-constant food shortages keep the facility on the brink of chaos.

Season Finale

2018-07-06T07:00:00Z

2x04 Belize: The Prison That Found God

Season Finale

2x04 Belize: The Prison That Found God

  • 2018-07-06T07:00:00Z51m

In Belize Central Prison, the inmates are told that rehabilitation comes through God. Raphael Rowe investigates if this evangelical approach works.

Season Premiere

2018-12-14T08:00:00Z

3x01 Costa Rica: Prison on a Knife-Edge

Season Premiere

3x01 Costa Rica: Prison on a Knife-Edge

  • 2018-12-14T08:00:00Z47m

Though he's no stranger to life behind bars, Raphael Rowe concedes that Costa Rica's La Reforma Prison is certainly among the most intimidating.

2018-12-14T08:00:00Z

3x02 Colombia: Narco Prison

3x02 Colombia: Narco Prison

  • 2018-12-14T08:00:00Z47m

While spending a week inside Bogotá's fortress-like prison, Raphael Rowe must negotiate the oppressive atmosphere and deal with an ominous threat.

2018-12-14T08:00:00Z

3x03 Romania: Gypsy Prison

3x03 Romania: Gypsy Prison

  • 2018-12-14T08:00:00Z48m

Raphael Rowe spends a week at a maximum security prison in Craiova, Romania, where the inmates include rapists, murderers and contract killers.

Season Finale

2018-12-14T08:00:00Z

3x04 Norway: The Perfect Prison?

Season Finale

3x04 Norway: The Perfect Prison?

  • 2018-12-14T08:00:00Z48m

Many prisons aim to punish and demean inmates. Norway's Halden Prison -- as Raphael Rowe is about to see for himself -- does things differently.

Season Premiere

2020-07-29T07:00:00Z

4x01 Paraguay: The Most Dangerous Prison on Earth

Season Premiere

4x01 Paraguay: The Most Dangerous Prison on Earth

  • 2020-07-29T07:00:00Z48m

Raphael Rowe spends a week behind bars at Tacumbu prison in Paraguay, where inmates scrounge in the trash in order to pay their own way.

Schwalmstadt, a 12th-century fortress surrounded by a moat, houses some of Germany's worst offenders, many of whom attend intense therapy sessions.

The tropical island of Mauritius is home to Melrose maximum security prison, where even the smallest infraction is met with extreme punishment.

Season Finale

2020-07-29T07:00:00Z

4x04 Lesotho: Confronting Sexual Violence

Season Finale

4x04 Lesotho: Confronting Sexual Violence

  • 2020-07-29T07:00:00Z48m

An unnerved Rowe contends with aggressive cellmates at Maseru prison, where a high number of inmates are behind bars for rape.

Season Premiere

2021-01-08T08:00:00Z

5x01 South Africa: The Number Gangs Prison

Season Premiere

5x01 South Africa: The Number Gangs Prison

  • 2021-01-08T08:00:00Z52m

At Brandvlei Correctional Centre in South Africa, nearly all the convicts belong to dangerous gangs known for lethal stabbings.

Once again, Raphael Rowe volunteers to go behind bars, this time in the Philippines at Manila City Jail, one of the world's most overcrowded prisons.

Season Finale

2021-01-08T08:00:00Z

5x03 Greenland: Prison in the Ice

Season Finale

5x03 Greenland: Prison in the Ice

  • 2021-01-08T08:00:00Z48m

Greenland's Nuuk maximum security prison houses extremely dangerous prisoners, many of whom grew up alongside the guards now watching over them.

Season Premiere

2022-09-28T07:00:00Z

6x01 Moldova: The Lifers Prison

Season Premiere

6x01 Moldova: The Lifers Prison

  • 2022-09-28T07:00:00Z44m

2022-09-28T07:00:00Z

6x03 Bosnia: The Mafia Prison

6x03 Bosnia: The Mafia Prison

  • 2022-09-28T07:00:00Z45m

Season Finale

2022-09-28T07:00:00Z

6x04 Greece: The People Smugglers Prison

Season Finale

6x04 Greece: The People Smugglers Prison

  • 2022-09-28T07:00:00Z45m

Season Premiere

2023-09-15T07:00:00Z

7x01 Finland: The Free Choice Prison

Season Premiere

7x01 Finland: The Free Choice Prison

  • 2023-09-15T07:00:00Z45m

At Finland's Kylmäkoski prison, Raphael meets violent offenders in the general population wing and bonds with the inmates, while a newcomer is attacked.

Surrounded by many inmates who struggle with crystal meth addiction, Raphael enters the Pilsen prison and discovers that some habits are hard to break.

Raphael gets a rare look inside Bangli prison, where drug offenders are forced to join a rehabilitation program and isolation is used as punishment.

At the Rove maximum security prison, many of the inmates serve time for sexual offenses while navigating grim conditions and extremely limited resources.

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