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Raphael is back behind bars. Immersing himself for a week in each prison, he encounters the inmates banged up in these vicious places as he shares their cells and experiences their daily regime. He also joins the guards to discover the new tactics they are adopting to keep the peace in an increasingly volatile environment.

His journey takes him to Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Ukraine, Belize, Costa Rica, Colombia, Romania an Norway. He  discovers a world of extreme punishment, squalor and murderous gang warfare. He meets one of the world’s worst serial killers, drug gang lords, a witch killer and authoritarian prison governors, whose word is law.

From solitary confinement in pitch darkness to conjugal visits for mass murderers Raphael discovers that each prison has a unique way of dealing with the criminals locked up inside.

‘Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons’ has unique access behind the bars of some of the toughest prisons on Earth. Ruled by convicted murderers in gang-run jails or locked away in total isolation in max security compounds – survival here comes at a pric

WATCH TRAILERS

THE ONE SHOW: BBC1

SUNDAY MORNING LIVE: BBC1

PANORAMA: BBC1

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