Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons Season 3 Details Revealed

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Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons is back on Netflix this December with four brand new episodes landing. We’ve managed to get our hands on some more details surrounding the next season including where we’re heading, who’s involved and more. 

Let’s quick up to where we’re at. As of right now, there are two seasons of the docu-series on Netflix and while its not one of the most known on Netflix, it’s certainly one of the best. It provides an unrivalled look at some of the worlds most hostile environments in the world across different continents.

Who’s presenting Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons season 3?

Season 2 saw a change of host and thankfully, season 3 will see Raphael Rowe return to present once again. The BBC journalist actually is closely tied to the subjects of the documentary. He was famously locked up for committing a crime he was later acquitted of. One of the best interviews of his experience can be found here in the Irish Examiner.

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Where prisons are we visiting in Inside The World’s Toughest Prison season 3?

We have four new destinations for the next season and one that’s quite a surprise.

Here’s the four prisons we’ll be visiting through the course of season 3:

The first prison we’ll be traveling to is in Costa Rica and is called La Reforma Prison. As described the the show makers the prison consists of “Brutality, overcrowding, and drugs make this one of the most notorious and dangerous prisons in Latin America.”. Raphael will be meeting with a prisoner serving a 35-year prison sentence.

The second prison takes us to the “Gypsy Prison” in Romania. The prison is called “Craiova Penitentiary” and contains a majority of inmates from the Roma gypsy community. As described the by the show producers this episode will see: “Raphael discovers that their strict code of honour, traditional social beliefs and social exclusion have left many men imprisoned for years after committing acts of violent revenge in family blood feuds.”

The third prison is in Colombia and is probably the most familiar to those that have seen the series in the past. The prison in question is called “Bogota District Prison” and appears to be the most intense of the four new episodes as Raphael gets threatened on his first night. The episode will then proceed as “He spends an uneasy night after
lights out as his cellmate gets high, wondering when the violence is going to kick off. In the cold light of day Rowe meets men who have lost everything thanks to their life of crime and violence in Colombia’s narco gangs.”

From hit-men to drug dealers, Bogota District Prison has it all. Join Raphael Rowe as he goes behind bars, and discovers first hand, just how tough this narco prison is…

As we said, there’s a surprise prison in season 3 as we’ll be heading to Norway. When you think of Norway, crime doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Raphael takes a visit to the so-called perfect prison where guards outnumber the prisoners and has been named ‘most humane prison in the world’.

When will season 3 of Inside The World’s Toughest Prisons be on Netflix?

Netflix is premiering the new season around the world on December 14th around the world.

Anything else you need to know

The crew actually shot a short clip in 360 degrees but because Netflix doesn’t support the format, you’ll only be able to watch on Facebook.

In a Q&A with Raphael, he was asked several questions about the new season including what he found most shocking while filming the new season. His response was as follows:

“During filming, I’m shocked by things everyday – how prisoners threaten each other, how they open up to each other and how candid they can be with me about their lives, sharing their personal stories. I’ve witnessed some horrific incidences, in one prison a murder was committed in another cell block to the one we were in, we were rushed out.  It was almost like an everyday occurrence there. ”

Will there be a season 4 of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons?

So far, no announcement of a fourth season has been announced. Season 3 had already finished filming by the time season 2 had wrapped up meaning we’ll probably need to get a full season renewal from Netflix this time around. We reached out to Emporium Productions regarding a second season but have yet to receive a response.

Are you looking forward to another season of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons? Let us know down below.

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