The BEST Episodes of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 27, 2020

Network: Netflix

Paul Connolly goes behind the bars of some of the World's most notorious prisons(the first season ran on Channel 5 UK originally before Netflix has bought up the format).

Norway: The perfect prison?

#1 - Norway: The perfect prison?

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 14, 2018

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

star 7.93
15 votes
Romania: the Romans prison

#2 - Romania: the Romans prison

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 14, 2018

star 7.64
14 votes
Colombia: the drug prison

#3 - Colombia: the drug prison

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 14, 2018

star 7.60
15 votes
Brazil: The Gang Prison

#4 - Brazil: The Gang Prison

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 6, 2018

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

star 7.55
22 votes
Costa Rica: the prison on the hill of ruin

#5 - Costa Rica: the prison on the hill of ruin

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 14, 2018

star 7.46
13 votes
Papua New Guinea: The Breakout Prison

#6 - Papua New Guinea: The Breakout Prison

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 6, 2018

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.

star 7.31
16 votes
Belize: The Prison That Found God

#7 - Belize: The Prison That Found God

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 6, 2018

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

star 7.29
14 votes
Philippines

#8 - Philippines

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 18, 2016

Paul spends time in the Rizal City Jail, known for being both overcrowded and housing impoverished prisoners. Here he shares a cell with a murderer and a rapist. He also explores how the Bahala Na gang rules a prison in the country.

star 7.28
29 votes
Ukraine: The Prison in a War Zone

#9 - Ukraine: The Prison in a War Zone

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 6, 2018

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

star 7.22
18 votes
Mexico

#10 - Mexico

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 25, 2016

In a television first, crime journalist Paul Connolly is granted access to El Hongo maximum security prison, one of Mexico's toughest jails from where no-one has ever escaped. Isolated in the barren Baja desert of northern Mexico, El Hongo is a concrete fortress of discipline and punishment designed to contain and control over a thousand inmates including hardened cartel gangsters.

star 7.08
24 votes
Poland

#11 - Poland

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 11, 2016

Paul serves time in the purpose-built prison in Poland, that was built to hold the worst criminals of the worst. Here he meets a notorious gangland killer and learns how a zero tolerance regime wiped out a prison gang.

star 7.03
33 votes
Honduras

#12 - Honduras

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 2016

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.

star 6.87
38 votes