In Bolivia, Keeping Kids and Mothers Together — in Prison

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky / La Paz – TIME magazine – 13 April, 2009

Marina Quispi lives in a cell with her incarcerated husband and their five children. Image: Melanie Stetson Freeman / The Christian Science Monitor / Getty

Marina Quispi lives in a cell with her incarcerated husband and their five children. Image: Melanie Stetson Freeman / The Christian Science Monitor / Getty

At first glance it feels like any Latin American barrio filled with kids. It’s a Saturday afternoon, and a dozen young children are sprawled out on a yard, painting a large canvass. Others run free through the one-square-block area that resembles a cramped town, with its food stands and kiosks. The tykes rattle off for me what they like best about their community: the mess hall, their friends, the food, the paint — and, for many, just “living with mom.”

They’re living with mom, however, inside the Women’s Correctional Facility in La Paz, Bolivia. . .

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