Tuesday 23 January 2018

New documentary series goes behind bars of Mountjoy Prison

Mountjoy Campus Governor Brian Murphy on The Joy/Tv3
Mountjoy Campus Governor Brian Murphy on The Joy/Tv3
Inside Mountjoy 'C Wing' on The Joy/TV3
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

A new four-part series is set to give viewers unprecedented access to Mountjoy Prison.

The TV3 documentary entitled The Joy goes inside one of Ireland's largest prisons, including the punishment block and prison landings to show the unflinching reality of prison life.

The programme was filmed over the course of nine months and will focus mainly on the dangers of everyday life for staff and prisoners. The first episode, airing tonight at 9pm, will focus on a violent prisoner being moved to a specially modified cell.

A huge portion of the programme is dedicated to combating the rampant drug problem of prisoners who have just arrived and those who are already residing there.

Inside Mountjoy 'C Wing' on The Joy/TV3
Inside Mountjoy 'C Wing' on The Joy/TV3

"People aren't addicted to crime, they're addicted to drugs," one prisoner says.

Another prisoner James has to prove to those in charge that he is no longer taking narcotics and is hoping to transfer from the overcrowded C-wing to the Training Unit.

In order to combat the drug problem in the D-wing, Mountjoy West Governor Kavanagh erects screens in the visiting area and the second half of the show focuses on the expected violent revolt in response.

The Joy airs on Mondays at 9pm on TV3

Mountjoy Campus Governor Brian Murphy on The Joy/Tv3
Mountjoy Campus Governor Brian Murphy on The Joy/Tv3

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