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Twitter reacts to new documentary on Midlands Prison Portlaoise

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Tonight a new documentary on the Midlands Prison Portlaoise aired on TV for the very first time.

Inside Ireland’s Biggest Prison: True Lives premiered on Virgin Media One tonight and there was plenty of reaction on Twitter to the show highlighting what it is like to live and work in the Midlands Prison Portlaoise.

For just over a year, film-makers gained unprecedented access behind the walls for the four-part series gains inside the country’s largest prison.

Ahead of that, LaoisToday was given exclusive no-holds-bared access to the prison itself.

Different responses to the show varied across Twitter. The vast majority of users seemed to feel prison life wasn’t strict enough on prisoners, while others spoke of the boredom and lack of freedom they would feel.

Some praised the way in which the show delved behind the scenes of the Midlands Prison Portlaoise and the prison service.

While the reality of life behind bars was felt by some watching the show:

Many others felt as though life in the prison isn’t tough enough:

The show focused in on prisoners like Darren – who had been in and out of prisons since he was 20. He is now on good behaviour in his 40s.

Twitter user Philip Nolan gave his two cents on the prison process being about punishment and rehabilitation.

The issue of life after prison was also raised.

All in all, it kept us all eagerly looking forward to the next episode.

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