Episode 1: City Within A City
In the first episode of this series, we are taken inside the gates of Ireland’s most famous prison where we witness the day-to-day routines of those who are serving time and working there. However, this is quickly interrupted by an extremely violent prisoner who is being shipped off to a custom-built cell. We quickly witness the struggles Mountjoy Campus Governor Brian Murphy is confronted with as the prison becomes dangerously overcrowded due to one of the wings being closed for refurbishment.
The Joy is a four-part documentary series that takes us inside Dublin’s Mountjoy Prison, which is one of Ireland’s largest prison facilities. Apart of the landscape for over 160 years, The Joy jas become synonymous with the capital city of Dublin, operating 24-hours a day 365 days a year. With over 750 inmates, over 700 staff, and eight prison governors it’s a city within a city where drugs are common currency and the threat of violence is a fact of life.
Hidden from the public gaze hardship, humor, heartbreak, and humanity live side by side within these walls. This series lifts the lid on life inside Mountjoy, from the governor’s boardroom to the prisoners on the landing, to the punishment block we gain unprecedented access to the inner workings of this notorious Irish jail. This is the Joy.
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