Inmates

April 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Set among 6000 beautiful hectares, Sablayan Prison in the Philippines resembles a national park. Its 2200 inmates build their own houses, have jobs with wages, and are entitled to three meals a day. Privileges include cellphones and an on-site church and mosque. It’s hard to believe that the idyllic expanse is a place for punishment for the most atrocious of crimes.
 
I spent a day photographing and interviewing the inmates-

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Occupation: carpenter
Sentence: 23 years
Jailed for: homicide

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Occupation: childminder
Sentence: life
Jailed for: murder

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Occupation: fisherman
Sentence: 3 life sentences
Jailed for: bigamy, abduction of minor and a third forgotten crime

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Occupation: cleaner
Sentence: 5 years
Jailed for: drunk and disorderly

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Occupation: labourer
Sentence: 27 years
Jailed for: rape

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Occupation: farmer
Sentence: 6 years
Jailed for: homicide

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