‘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 it’s not one of the most known on Netflix, it’s certainly one of the best. It provides an unrivaled look at some of the world’s 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 the present once again. The BBC journalist is actually 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.

Where are the prisons we are 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 are 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, called La Reforma Prison. As described by the team behind the show, 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 by the show producers, this episode will see: “Raphael discovers that their strict code of honor, 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 who 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.

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 it 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 every day – 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 wrapped up, meaning we’ll probably need to get a full season renewal from Netflix this time. We contacted Emporium Productions regarding a second season but have not received 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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