Behind Bars

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  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.8  (13)

Take a look at how life is behind bars at some of the prisons in the United States. You will also see how the lives of the families are affected by their loved ones being in jail. This is a detailed examination of the politics of running institutions as well as what goes on among inmates.

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La Mesa, Mexico
7. La Mesa, Mexico
July 31, 2018
La Mesa is a Mexican prison just over the US border. The inmates? Drug traffickers, rapists, cartel killers. They have tough times ahead. They hardly get to leave their cells. They sleep, eat, pee, all in a very confined space. Two square meters each - for up to eight inmates.
Armavir Prison, Armenia
6. Armavir Prison, Armenia
July 31, 2018
Armavir Prison is Armenia's declaration of war on gangster culture. Once, inmates in Armenian prisons fell into the hands of the "Thieves in Law"- a criminal brotherhood rejecting state authority and living by its own code. They control the prison and control drug trade and smuggling. Nobody knows their leaders, but their power is immense.
El Hongo, Tecate, Mexico
5. El Hongo, Tecate, Mexico
July 31, 2018
El Hongo is a high-security bunker in Mexico's desert. Sensors, cameras, mobile phone jammers - this prison is a veritable high-tech fortress. Snipers on fifteen guard towers make sure that nothing can get in or out. El Hongo is deemed perfectly incorruptible - in a country in which corruption runs through all levels of society like cancer.
Carcel Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, Film 1
3. Carcel Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, Film 1
July 31, 2018
It's just a small prison, but a hard one. The Carcel Distrital in Bogotá, Colombia. Every day, the prison staff of 170 ensures stern discipline and order within the red brick walls. Their batons are loose and the inmates have to line up to be counted several times per day. Unannounced raids bring out a number of forbidden objects. This strict approach is necessary with nearly 1000 inmates.
South Cotabato Jail, Philippines
2. South Cotabato Jail, Philippines
July 31, 2018
South Cotabato Jail. One of the most overcrowded prisons in the world. Murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. The guilty and the innocent. All are behind bars together. In a jail designed for 600 prisoners, more than 2000 inmates are crammed into cells the size of shoe boxes.
Colony 100, Kharkiv, Ukraine
1. Colony 100, Kharkiv, Ukraine
July 31, 2018
Ukraine's prison for hardened criminals. Serial killers, child abusers, repeat offenders. All those behind the walls of this Soviet-built prison have already done time in at least three other Ukrainian jails - and learned nothing from that experience.
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Take a look at how life is behind bars at some of the prisons in the United States. You will also see how the lives of the families are affected by their loved ones being in jail. This is a detailed examination of the politics of running institutions as well as what goes on among inmates.

Behind Bars is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on February 1, 2011.

Where to Watch Behind Bars

Behind Bars is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Behind Bars on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 1, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (13)