Behind Bars: The World's Toughest Prisons

Behind Bars: The World's Toughest Prisons

  • 2016
  • 2 Seasons

Imagine prisons so tough that even the hardest gang bosses and killers learn the meaning of fear. This extraordinary series is an intimate portrait of crime and punishment that goes beyond the gates, walls, barred windows and cells of the world's toughest maximum security prisons. From Bolivia to Bulgaria, Dallas to Arizona, enter a world of hardened criminals and prisoners that few ever glimpse.

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La Mesa, Mexico
7. La Mesa, Mexico
August 5, 2018
La Mesa, 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. Only two square meters for up to eight inmates. La Mesa is ruled with an iron fist.
Armavir Prison, Armenia
6. Armavir Prison, Armenia
August 5, 2018
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. Armavir prison is the first attempt at limiting their influence. 
El Hongo, Tecate, Mexico
5. El Hongo, Tecate, Mexico
August 5, 2018
El Hongo is a high-security bunker in Mexico´s desert. With 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 where corruption runs through all levels of society like cancer.
Carcel Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, Part 1
3. Carcel Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia, Part 1
August 5, 2018
The inmates in the Carcel Distrital in Colombia fight many battles: against other prisoners, against the guards and most of all against themselves. It's a battle that most of them lose.
South Cotabato Jail, Philippines
2. South Cotabato Jail, Philippines
August 5, 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. The prison is bursting at the seems, and there is no hope of improvement.
Colony 100, Kharkiv, Ukraine
1. Colony 100, Kharkiv, Ukraine
August 5, 2018
Colony 100 - Ukraine's prison for hardened criminals. All those behind the walls of this Soviet-built prison have either already done time in at least three other Ukrainian jails, or they have committed crimes so heinous that they will never again leave their 100-square-foot-cell in the maximum security wing. The prison is marked by an omnipresent hopelessness.
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Imagine prisons so tough that even the hardest gang bosses and killers learn the meaning of fear. This extraordinary series is an intimate portrait of crime and punishment that goes beyond the gates, walls, barred windows and cells of the world's toughest maximum security prisons. From Bolivia to Bulgaria, Dallas to Arizona, enter a world of hardened criminals and prisoners that few ever glimpse.Behind Bars: The World's Toughest Prisons is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on October 2, 2016.

Where to Watch Behind Bars: The World's Toughest Prisons

Behind Bars: The World's Toughest Prisons is available for streaming on the XiveTV; Xive TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Behind Bars: The World's Toughest Prisons on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    October 2, 2016