Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

    Investigative journalists become voluntary inmates in the world's most volatile prisons, where intimidation and brutality rule.
    Starring:Paul Connolly, Raphael Rowe
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    Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons


    Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

    Watch Costa Rica: Prison on a Knife-Edge. Episode 1 of Season 3.

    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.

    Watch Colombia: Narco Prison. Episode 2 of Season 3.

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

    Watch Romania: Gypsy Prison. Episode 3 of Season 3.

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

    Watch Norway: The Perfect Prison?. Episode 4 of Season 3.

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

    Watch Brazil: The Gang Prison. Episode 1 of Season 2.

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

    Watch Ukraine: The Prison in a War Zone. Episode 2 of Season 2.

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

    Watch Papua New Guinea: The Breakout Prison. Episode 3 of Season 2.

    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.

    Watch Belize: The Prison That Found God. Episode 4 of Season 2.

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

    Watch Honduras. Episode 1 of Season 1.

    Connolly spends a week inside Danlí prison in Honduras, where the toughest inmates are armed and act as enforcers for the overwhelmed guards.

    Watch Poland. Episode 2 of Season 1.

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

    Watch Mexico. Episode 3 of Season 1.

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

    Watch Philippines. Episode 4 of Season 1.

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

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