prison Documentaries

Forty Minutes: Danger Men

1990 Unrated

An old BBC documentary, aired in 1990, about an experiment in the UK prison system to put together ten of the most dangerous and disruptive men in the British prison system into a new special unit at Hull prison. The experiment saw the inmates taken out of the general prison population where they co[...]

The Krays: The Prison Years

2016 Unrated

There have been literally dozens of documentaries about The Krays over the years, but all seem to focus on their activities before their eventual imprisonment in 1968. Both of the twins spent far more of their adult life inside prison than they did outside of it, The Krays: The Prison Years readdres[...]

The Insider: Reggie Yates

2016 Unrated

In the 2016 documentary series "The Insider" Reggie Yates lives for real in some of the worlds most savage places. Part 1: Reggie Yates spends one week in a Texan Jail in this documentary, living alongside some hardened criminals. America has the largest prison population in the[...]

The Fear of 13

2015
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The Fear of 13, a 2015 documentary by David Sington (In the Shadow of the Moon) which tells the story of Nick Yarris, who spent 22 years on death row after being convicted of murder at the age of 21 in 1982.   After decades behind bars, he made the conscious request that all appeals for h[...]

Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

2011
1

  In the 2011 two-part Miami Mega Jail documentary British filmmaker Louis Theroux spends time in Miami-Dade County jail system.   In part one Louis goes to what is known as "the main jail", this is where the most ruthless criminals in Florida are kept before they have a[...]

Serial Killer with Piers Morgan Lorenzo Gilyard

2018
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  Beloved British broadcaster Piers Morgan returns once again after his infamous liaison with serial killer Mark Riebe in 2017 to make a new biographical crime documentary about American serial killer Lorenzo Gilyard.   In "Serial Killer with Piers Morgan Lorenzo Gi[...]

Life and Death Row: Execution

2014 Unrated

Life And Death Row, a groundbreaking documentary series which tells the personal stories behind those who are on death row in the United States and the different stages of the capital punishment system.   In this, the first episode of Life And Death Row, "Execution", narrated by[...]

Love and Hate Crime

2018
3

  A three-part 2018 BBC series exploring hate crime in the United States.    The first episode of “Love and Hate Crime”  documentary attempts to go inside the mind of murderer Adrian Loya who planned to kill Lisa and Anna Trubnikova for months before fin[...]

Love and Hate Crime

2018
3

  A three-part 2018 BBC series exploring hate crime in the United States.    The first episode of “Love and Hate Crime”  documentary attempts to go inside the mind of murderer Adrian Loya who planned to kill Lisa and Anna Trubnikova for months before fin[...]

Truth and Lies: The Charles Manson Family

2017 Unrated

  A 2017 ABC “Truth and Lies” documentary hosted by David Muir and Elizabeth Vargas exploring the ruthless Manson Family. The Manson Family, or simply “The Family” was an American cult formed in the late 1960’s led by Charles Manson which became famous[...]

The 16-Year-Old Killer: Cyntoia Browns Story

2012 Unrated

The 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 for the murder of 43 years old Johnny Allen in 2004. The case has sprung back into the public eye recently because of celebrity attention primarily from Rihanna and Kim Kardashian pushing for her release.[...]

Lifers and Violent Men Behind Bars

2017
2

A two part documentary series that goes behind the bars of prisons in the UK to interview men who are serving long sentences for violent crimes. Some of the inmates have spent more than half of their life in prison and talk about their struggles often with drugs and other inmates who commi[...]

Serial Killer with Piers Morgan Mark Riebe

2017
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Broadcaster Piers Morgan interviews serial killer Mark Riebe in this candid documentary. Mark Riebe (56) is one of Florida’s most ruthless murderers and is believed to have killed more than 13 women in a period from the late 1980’s to the late 90’s. He was[...]

Ross Kemp Behind Bars - Inside Barlinnie

2017
2

The legendary English broadcaster Ross Kemp goes inside HM Prison Barlinnie to find out what it’s like in one of Scotland’s most notorious prisons.   Barlinnie opened in 1882 and currently has a population of over 1500. Until 1969 it was a place for ca[...]

The Secret Life of Prisons

2016 Unrated

Clip available only.   The Secret Life of Prisons is a new 2016 documentary about the world behind bars in UK prisons. The film shows how prison staff are losing control over prisoners to a point where many experts think the United Kingdom prison system is about to collapse. The film[...]

UK Prison - H.M.P. Garth: Psychoactive Substance Abuse

2016 Unrated

This is the most up to date New psychoactive substance documentary. We have been given access to H.M.P. Garth with lead in the field, Dr. Karenza Moore. This must see documentary takes us inside prison to see how the prison system has been affected.

Reggie Yates in a Texan Jail

2016
1

Reggie Yates spends one week in a Texan Jail in this documentary, living alongside some hardened criminals. America has the largest prison population in the world and Reggie Yates is going to find out what it is like to work, eat and sleep at one of their jails. In the film he speaks to many people[...]

Psychology: The Stanford Prison Experiment

2016
2

The infamous Stanford Prison experiment was a psychological simulation conducted in Stanford University August 14-20 1971 by a research team led by professor Phillip Zimbardo. The study was to look at the psychological effect authority would have in a prison environment. To do this they recruited st[...]

Making A Murderer: Episode 1 (preview)

2015 Unrated

A documentary about a man who served 18 years in prison for a crime he never committed. A real life story about Steven Avery, born July 9, 1962, Manitowoc Wisconsin who is a DNA exoneree whist in the progress of exposing corruption in law enforcement discovered that he was the prime suspect in a dar[...]

Into the Abyss

2011
2

The documentary Into The Abyss takes a look at the triple murder which happened in a small Texas City called Conroe. The murderers Michael Perry and Jason Burkett who were under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time shot a housewife, her stepson and his friend in one of the worst crimes in[...]

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