7.4
104 votes
Inside the World's Toughest Prisons

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons

Netflix 2016

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).

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S1E1

#1 - Honduras

6.74

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 54 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S2E4

#2 - Belize: The Prison That Found God

6.75

Season 2 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 24 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S5E2

#3 - Philippines: The War on Drugs Prison

6.88

Season 5 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 17 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S1E2

#4 - Poland

6.91

Season 1 - Episode 2

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.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 46 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S1E4

#5 - Philippines

7.03

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 36 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S4E2

#6 - Germany: The Therapy Prison

7.05

Season 4 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 22 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S2E2

#7 - Ukraine: The Prison in a War Zone

7.10

Season 2 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 31 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S1E3

#8 - Mexico

7.12

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 41 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S2E3

#9 - Papua New Guinea: The Breakout Prison

7.15

Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 26 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S2E1

#10 - Brazil: The Gang Prison

7.21

Season 2 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 38 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S5E1
#11 - South Africa: The Number Gangs Prison
7.26
Season 5 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 19 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S3E1
#12 - Costa Rica: Prison on a Knife-Edge
7.30
Season 3 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 20 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S3E2
#13 - Colombia: Narco Prison
7.30
Season 3 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 23 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S3E3
#14 - Romania: Gypsy Prison
7.32
Season 3 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 22 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S4E3
#15 - Mauritius: The Extreme Punishment Prison
7.36
Season 4 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 22 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S5E3
#16 - Greenland: Prison in the Ice
7.38
Season 5 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 16 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S4E4
#17 - Lesotho: Confronting Sexual Violence
7.50
Season 4 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 20 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S3E4
#18 - Norway: The Perfect Prison?
7.67
Season 3 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 24 votes.

Inside the World's Toughest Prisons - S4E1
#19 - Paraguay: The Most Dangerous Prison on Earth
7.79
Season 4 - Episode 1

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.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Inside the World's Toughest Prisons from 28 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021

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