Imprisoned Innocents

Ecuadorian law allows children to live with their mothers in jail. Even though all 51 female prisoners are mothers, approximately a dozen have chosen to raise their children in the hostile environment of the central Ibarra penitentiary. Caption One–Betty Padilla looks at her also imprisoned husband, Leo, after passing food to him through the heavy iron door separating the women’s section from the open courtyard. Their five children all live in the prison.

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