A bleak and shock­ing look at life be­hind bars


South Wales Echo - - Today’s Tv -

BLOOD is be­ing wiped off the wall and an in­mate is fret­ting about the stains on his new track­suit.

“It’s just one of them days” says the pris­oner at HMP Durham, in the lat­est in­stal­ment of this no-holds-barred doc­u­men­tary.

Else­where, an­other huge, and in­tim­i­dat­ing, in­mate stands over a wash­ing ma­chine ex­plain­ing how best to get blood off white train­ers and leave “a good smell”.

He’s says he’s used to deal­ing with blood and fae­ces stains.

Filmed over seven months, this gives us un­prece­dented ac­cess to life be­hind bars, and it’s not pretty.

This episode fo­cuses on what it takes to break the vi­cious cy­cle of vi­o­lence be­tween pris­on­ers and against the staff. With fights break­ing out on the wing all the time, it seems an end­less strug­gle.

In one scene, riot po­lice are called in to help “ghost” a vi­o­lent in­mate away to an­other prison be­cause he holds a grudge against Durham of­fi­cers.

Mean­while, cam­eras fo­cus on Troi Brown, a vi­o­lent of­fender with con­vic­tions of kid­nap­ping and pos­ses­sion of a firearm, who has ar­rived from Not­ting­ham prison.

A trou­ble-maker, he’s spent nine of the last 10 years in jail and has been moved 27 times. He kicks off pretty soon when he can’t get a hot cup of tea.

But later on, as Troi takes part in some re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions, in­clud­ing hear­ing from ex-con, prison men­tor Gary Crooks, some­thing shifts. But will it be enough to change him?

Grip­ping, heart break­ing, bleak and shock­ing, this is a timely look at life be­hind bars.

Troi Brown is a vi­o­lent of­fender, but is he about to change?

Fights are a com­mon oc­cur­rence in jail

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