Bizarre Prison Without Guards in Bolivia - as part of the travel series by GeoBeats.
Imagine a prison where there are no guards and some inmates have access to luxury amenities that many people don't have in their homes.
Hard to believe but at San Pedro Prison in La Paz, Bolivia, it is real.
The compound is run by the residents with no police interference. There are markets, restaurants, hair salons and accommodations for family members who want to stay for a few days.
Divided into eight sectors, prisoners must pay for their own living quarters and depending on how much you can afford, you could be living in a large comfortable cell or in a small single room cell. Prisoners must earn money to rent or pay for their rooms, so many different trades and services are offered, from carpenters and photographers to repairmen and shoe shine boys.
The most lucrative occupation is at the cocaine laboratories, that are reported to have the purest cocaine in all of Bolivia.
There also children here with their fathers. As one prisoner states, “we can try to protect them and give them a sense of family. Outside they would be completely on their own.”
What do you think about this prison?