There are a variety of prison documentaries on Netflix that give glimpses into various aspects of life in jail. The popularity of true-crime documentaries such as Making a Murderer and series like Orange Is the New Black have only increased viewers’ desires to see life behind bars (though the latter may not provide the most realistic portrait of prison life).
If you want a more real understanding of how the prison system works, these Netflix prison documentaries might just be for you. From a series documenting the crimes of those convicted of murder to one that takes place in a small correctional facility for young women in Madison, IN, these documentaries provide several details about prison life.
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes