Prison number 17 is the most secure jail in Moldova, behind these walls, 103 inmates are serving life sentences, which in Moldova means life. Its one of the highest punitive justice system in Europe. With 33% of its inmates serving sentences of over 10 years, which is three times higher than the average in European countries. The daily routine in this prison, is transformed for one evening, as the justice ministry with EU support has introduced Theatre therapy. New to the Moldovan prison system it aims to provide additional opportunities for rehabilitation for inmates, as this performance of Hamlet does.
The story was shot by Impulse TV during the OPEN Media Hub In-depth Production Workshop in Moldova. It is available for free download and use in the Access Stories section of this site an on our YouTube Channel.