Manila Jails

  • Photographer
    Stephen Reiss
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Editorial/Feature Story
  • Date of Photograph
    January/February 2010

Suffering from a lack of funding and resources, the jails of the Philippine National Police in Manila are stretched thin. Overcrowded and lacking basic sanitation, prisoners are held for indefinite measures of time while waiting on the courts. Accused murderers and rapists share cramped cells with gang members and those arrested for theft and drug possession. Minors are jailed with adult offenders, despite recent laws prohibiting their incarceration. Visitors are allowed to mingle among the prisoners and bring food since the jails lack the provisions to feed all of the prisoners.

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