Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons Season 7 Review – An In-Depth Exploration of Humanity and a Broken System

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: September 15, 2023 (Last updated: May 6, 2024)
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Inside the World's Toughest Prisons Season 7 Review
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An in-depth look at broken systems worldwide and how people in jail are treated no matter the conviction.

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons started on Netflix in 2016. Over the years, journalists have explored different prisons worldwide to highlight how they live in jail.

What’s the most fascinating thing about this series is that it shows broken systems all over the world. Some countries are more advanced and structure their judicial system differently, while others have the worst jails in history. It’s important to note that some people will be charged guilty while it may not be true, and that’s where the system fails them.

Of course, no one wants to go to jail, but the studies in this series will help people understand how gruesome it can be.

Plenty of journalists have explored jails and mass incarceration in the United States, which has opened everyone’s mind to what is happening in the system. In these four episodes, Season 7 of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons goes through some pretty large countries.

In Season 7 of Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons, journalists travel to Finland, Czech Republic, Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands. Each episode has a heading that explains what each prison is known for.

Finland is known as a free-choice prison. Here, inmates are allowed to leave for schooling or a job. Even in Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next, Finland was a massive part of his documentary showcasing that their lives after prison were different.

The whole point of being locked up is to reflect on what you did and hopefully be a changed person (obviously if you’ve done something minor like tax fraud). Each crime is different and should be treated accordingly. Because of Finland’s system, once the inmates serve their sentence, the crime rate is very low, and not many people return to their old ways.

Now, Finland is the exception for so many prisons, but the others are filled with brutal situations. The Czech Republic is labeled as the crystal meth prison in the episode title, while Indonesia, on the other hand, sends the drug addicts to rehab in prison.

This is a clear divide of how everyone does something different, which somehow works for their community.

This series is more important than we realize, and it’s not because of the behind-the-scenes look at the prisons but how the system works for everyone and how the judicial system can sometimes fail those who are trying to do better.

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