America’s Hardest Prisons

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Thursday 9 April, 8.30pm

For the first time in Guantanamo’s history, National Geographic cameras are granted exclusive access to film an in-depth look inside the wire. Take an unprecedented and immersive tour with the troopers, operations officers and intelligence officers as they go about their daily tasks. These include controversial activities like prisoner interrogation and officers responding to “non-compliant” detainees. Key individuals provide context and perspective on how the practices at Guantanamo connect to larger questions of policy, revealing the history and controversy of this place. This portrait of Guantanamo comes as the new President winds down its controversial operation, offering an unflinching exploration of the most difficult issues it has and continues to face.

Wyoming stows its worst inmates in the prairie town of Rawlins but, it is so isolated, not enough people live there to staff the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Wyoming went to extreme measures, recruiting officers from areas elsewhere in the US. Thirty new recruits arrive in Rawlins with one thing in common: none of them have law enforcement experience to help them police the prison’s murderers and rapists. Follow three new recruits as they start on the inside.

Thursday 13 March, 10.30pm on National Geographic

Wyoming stows its worst inmates in the prairie town of Rawlins but, it is so isolated, not enough people live there to staff the Wyoming State Penitentiary. Wyoming went to extreme measures, recruiting officers from areas elsewhere in the US. Thirty new recruits arrive in Rawlins with one thing in common: none of them have law enforcement experience to help them police the prison’s murderers and rapists. Follow three new recruits as they start on the inside.

Thursday 13 March, 10.30pm on National Geographic