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World's Toughest Prisons

A gatehouse at Lurigancho Prison in Peru.
NGC goes behind bars to see how inmates at two of the World's Toughest Prisons, Santa Martha in Mexico and Lurigancho in Peru, survive amid chaos, corruption and power struggles. In Santa Martha, meet two former L.A. gang members who've formed an unlikely alliance to protect themselves. Then, at Lurigancho, authorities have handed over power to a council of inmate leaders. Meet two of these leaders, including a former head of a gang, and see how they maintain the fragile peace.