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Aug 2014 back issue
San Pedro Jail Bolivia
by Alfons Rodriguez
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Placed in La Paz downtown, the administrative capital of Bolivia, San Pedro jail shares few characteristics with other penitentiary centres from around the world. It lodges about 1700 prisoners, who have to pay for their "right" to enter the jail, which is in addition to the fact that they also have to finance their time inside themselves. They buy or rent a cell where they sleep and have a small private space.  This space is often shared with their family because women and children are permitted to accompany the prisoner in his new temporary life.  Most of them come from a background of poverty and marginalization. In the jail, as they work through their sentence they must continue to fight for their survival, just as they would outside the prison.
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