Feature - Iwahig: A Prison Without Walls
Iwahig Prison And Penal Farm lies within over 45,000-hectares of land on the island of Palawan in the Philippines. The remarkable thing about this prison is that there are no walls to contain the prisoners and barely a fence to mark its boundary. Given its low security, escape attempts are relatively rare. This may be due to the fact that the inmates are allowed to govern and police themselves to a large extent, but also because many of the inmate’s families choose to live at the prison; giving up jobs and houses and moving the entire family to be near their loved one.
Above: Michael, 60 years old, has spent more then 40 years in Iwahig Prison on a murder conviction. He has his own house inside the prison compound where he lives with his family. His son and daughter were born at the prison hospital and they have never lived anywhere else.
Photos by Giulio di Sturco/Reportage by Getty Images