Discovery en Espanol Goes Behind Bars To Expose Organized Crime

Discovery en Espanol Goes Behind Bars To Expose Organized Crime

The new series LA MAFIA POR DENTRO follows an ex-mobster as he sheds new light on the community of gangs that operate within prison walls


MIAMI, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In LA MAFIA POR DENTRO (Inside the Gangster’s Code), Discovery en Espanol’s new series, ex-mafia street boss Lou Ferrante enters some of the most dangerous prisons of the world and penetrates the violent crime organizations that thrive within them. The ex-convict reveals in an exclusive manner the culture and codes of practice of these previously impenetrable community of gangsters. LA MAFIA POR DENTRO airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT beginning April 4.

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Using his insider knowledge, and with a passion for the subject, Lou Ferrante visits maximum security prisons in El Salvador, New Mexico, The Philippines, Italy and Poland. Once there, Lou lives among the prisoners as just another convict in order to see beyond the everyday operations of criminal activity and to explain the origin, history, political motives, and the network of power of these feared gangs that, even from behind bars, not only can conduct business, but they grow and prosper, all while maintaining a terrorizing rule over the communities they control.

In El Salvador, home of the second highest homicide rate in the world, Lou is transferred to the Izalco Prison, which houses 838 members of the 18th Street gang, to learn the motivation behind their bloody war against rival gang MS-13. In New Mexico, Lou himself is witness to the cruel and secretive recruiting process of Los Burquenos, one of the fastest growing prison gangs in the world.

Through the experiences and accounts of someone that has lived this life himself, LA MAFIA POR DENTRO exposes the real inner operations of these groups, giving viewers a completely new and real perception of international organized crime.

About Lou Ferrante

Lou Ferrante was an active mafia member. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Ferrante was part of the Gambino family until he was criminally charged and convicted by the United States Secret Service and FBI, sentencing him to 13 years in prison. After spending almost a decade in a federal maximum security prison, Lou came out a changed man, leaving behind his criminal past and becoming a successful businessman.

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Discovery en Espanol Goes Behind Bars To Expose Organized Crime