THE HARD CELL

WHY RAPHAEL ROWE’S VOL­UN­TAR­ILY GO­ING BE­HIND BARS…

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IN­SIDE THE WORLD’S TOUGH­EST PRIS­ONS | Net­flix FRI­DAY

Most of us would do any­thing we could to avoid go­ing to prison, but jour­nal­ist Raphael Rowe – who spent 12 years in Bri­tish pris­ons for mur­der, be­fore his con­vic­tion was quashed and he was freed in 2000 – will­ingly steps into some of the world’s most no­to­ri­ous jails in this doc­u­men­tary, which re­turns for a third se­ries on Net­flix this Fri­day. We couldn’t help but ask him why…

“Be­cause of my past ex­pe­ri­ence, I have an un­der­stand­ing of what life is like be­ing a pris­oner,” Raphael tells In­side TV. “We like to think we know what goes on in pris­ons be­cause of the sen­sa­tional me­dia cov­er­age they of­ten get, but I wanted to take peo­ple deeper, and meet the pris­on­ers who have com­mit­ted hor­ren­dous crimes and hear what they have to say about whether or not prison makes a dif­fer­ence to who they are.”

Raphael will be spend­ing seven days locked up in Costa Rica, Ro­ma­nia, Nor­way and Colom­bia, where some eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ences await him…

“I’ve wit­nessed hor­rific in­ci­dents,” he says. “In one prison, a mur­der was com­mit­ted while we were there. You’d ex­pect an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but the way the guards and pris­on­ers talked about it, it was al­most dis­missed as a daily oc­cur­rence. It re­ally was shock­ing.”

Hell’s kitchen: Raphael’s do­ing por­ridge

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