The BEST Episodes of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 27, 2020
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).
#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.
#2 - Romania: the Romans prison
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 14, 2018
#3 - Colombia: the drug prison
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 14, 2018
#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.
#5 - Costa Rica: the prison on the hill of ruin
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 14, 2018
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.