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Netflix releases Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

October 14, 2022

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons returns to Netflix, continuing to gain unprecedented access behind the bars of the most dangerous maximum security prisons, this time found in Moldova, Cyprus, Bosnia and Greece, with presenter Raphael Rowe once again immersed in the daily challenges of prison life and larger issues of international human rights.

Due to a miscarriage of justice, presenter and British journalist Raphael Rowe, spent 12 years behind bars himself, for a murder he did not commit. With his unique insight, Rowe returns to the institutions he spent so long fighting for release from; using his past experience to connect with the inmates, to provide a look into the minds and lives of some of the world’s most dangerous prisoners and the often shocking prison environments they serve their sentences in.

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons Season 6 is Produced by Emporium Productions, with Emma Read as Executive Producer and Dollan Cannell as Series Producer. Episode 1 is Filmed and Directed by Neil Bonner and Episodes 2, 3 and 4 are Produced and Directed by Tom Cross, Robert McCabe and Eric McFarland, respectively.

Punishment Versus Rehabilitation

The series has been praised for its reflections on the differing approaches within each prison, comparing the level of importance placed on punishment versus rehabilitation. Series 6 once again sees completely contrasting strategies being implemented. In Moldova’s Rezina Prison, Raphael meets convicts who are confined to solitary isolation after refusing to engage in the main prison wing’s violent, gang-led regime. Whereas, in Cyrpus’ Central Prisons Nicosia, the difference in policies is stark; inmates chant the prison Director’s name, and bingo nights and calming outdoor water sculptures signal a modern, rehabilitative approach to incarceration. 

Adapting Post Schedules Around Documentary Series Film-Making

After a couple of seasons away, we are delighted to return for our third season of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons with Emporium Productions, providing full post production, overseen by Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey. Due to the production’s international travel requirements, and difficulties around ever shifting Covid regulations in the countries where the Prisons are located, Jeff’s Post team were able to respond to changing post schedules as the production crews experienced shooting delays and unexpected access issues on location. 

The four episode series was graded by Colourists Andy Lee and Isabelle Payne and finished by OnSight’s Online Editors Adam Sample and Andrew Fisun, with Andy Coles as Dubbing Mixer and Alfie Mitchell as Digital Asset Coordinator. 

Season 6 of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons is available to watch on Netflix here.