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Wenezuela. Kobiety w więzieniu - Redux (40)

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Poli-Zamora, Guatire - December 2018. Children of the imprisoned population in this detention center wait to enter to the backyard, where an evangelist theater piece was going to take place. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Zamora, Guatire - December 2018. The female cell of the center of detention in Guatire. A center of detention near Caracas. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Plaza, Guarenas - December 2018. Carolina, 28 years old, a detained police officer shows her long hair, sentenced to 13 years, she has been judged for accomplice to theft. She has been waiting to be transferred to a state prison for 7 years and 9 months. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Ana Maria Campos I Prison, Maracaibo - December 2018. A group of prisoners start a game of dominoes in common outdoor areas. Other women were watching movies, reading old magazines, or writing notes. According to some of these women, these prisons create parasites instead of reforming them. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Ana Maria Campos II Prison, Maracaibo - December 2018. A group of female detainees warms up in the Ana Maria Campos II State prison before doing sports. They are being guarded by a custodian inside a "closed" prison - or a center of feminine formation, how the ministry of the popular power for the prison service calls it. Only the already judged female detainees can go to this kind of prison. These facilities are not overcrowded, they have food, water and medical attention. They receive classes, do sports and cook. These women are not allowed to make or receive phone calls. Visitation days are allowed once a month. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Ana Maria Campos II Prison, Maracaibo - December 2018. A woman inside a "closed" prison in Maracaibo - a border city between Venezuela and Colombia - helps arrange the net to play volleyball. Their schedules include playing sports along with receiving classes, motivational and disciplinary workshops and arts and crafts. The purpose of these centers is to reform women and avoid relapse. They get redemptions if they behave properly to get their sentence reduced. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - March 2018. Male prisoners that committed lower crimes suffer from malnutrition, scabies, and tuberculosis. Inside these centers of detention, they do not receive food or water. Therefore they count on their families to bring them their basic supplies. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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El Valle, Caracas - March 2018. "Chinatown" is divided in two: This sector is dark, for there is no natural light coming inside. The sector is the home of 58 women. "This situation is not helping anybody, when we get out, if we do, we will be worse persons than before" says Ayar?, a 33 year old detainee. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - November 2018. Yarimar Tovar smokes a cigarette on her bed, she is 25 years old, accused of robbery. She has been detained for 5 days and have not met her lawyer. She is the mother of three children: a 7 year old, a 5 year old and a 2 and half years old. Yarimar shares her prison cell with other 6 women including one teenager. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - November 2018. A man paints the walls of the prison cell of 7 women. It is the room where the other prisoners receive their conjugal visits, the water tank for the other 270 prisoners also occupies a quarter of the space of their cell. The women say that at least they get some indirect natural sunlight that comes in from their door. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - November 2018. Yusbelis Bustamante, a 23 years old woman accused of robbery, cries while she shows her eye wound from a fight with another inmate, a minor of 17 years old. Yusbelis is 4 months pregnant. In the 1st month and 3 weeks of detention she has not received any medical check-ups. Her family is from Ocumare, a region in Miranda about one hour drive away from La Yaguara, which means she rarely receives visitation or food. She has two other children, a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old. The father of the children is in Apure, a city five hour drive away from Caracas. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - November 2018. Marked kisses with red lipstick and handwriting on the walls of this center of detention that reads "Kymberlyng El Valle crazy" and "Yosolelves Lopez I love you kid". "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. A woman cries of desperation inside a cell in a center of detention in Caracas. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - November 2018. Yaneidi Nazaret, a 17 year old minor, cries besides her mother, who came to visit her and bring her food. She is accused of attempted murder and is the mother of a 1 and a half year old. They charged her mother 50 Bolivares Soberanos to enter the precinct, as well as anyone who wants to visit the prisoners. When her mother left and Yaneidi entered the prison cell again, she cried that she wanted to get out of there and be with her daughter. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Cicpc El Hatillo, Caracas - February 2017. Betania hugs her daughter on visitation days. She received humanitarian help, which allows her to breastfeed her child once a day. The Venezuelan constitution permits a child of a female prisoner to stay with her until he/she is three years old, but these centers do not count as such facility. Betania suffers from depression and anemia; the father of the child is serving a long sentence in the Tocoron prison. In February 2017 she was released and in January 2018 she had left the country to find better opportunities in Colombia. Her daughter stayed in Venezuela with the paternal grandmother. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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El Valle, Caracas - January 2017. "Chinatown" is the preventive center of detention, which guards most women in the metropolitan area of Venezuela. A total of 60 women, including a pregnant inmate in her 1st month, are waiting for their trials inside this precinct. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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ELEl Valle, Caracas - March 2018. "Chinatown" is divided in two: This sector is for "The Strawberries". only the female detainees that can afford what the police officers are asking for, usually in US dollars, can stay here. They have beds, TVs, phones and a kitchen. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - January 2017. Detained female who is into her four month of pregnancy, is paying for her sentence for infanticide. The father of this child committed suicide. In a state prison, other inmates punish this type of crime, which is the reason why she has not been transferred. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - January 2017. A transgender woman detainee shows her wounds and scars through the bars of her cell. She is being held prisoner like a man, which means that she has to wait for her preliminary trial with male prisoners who often abuse her. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - February 2017. Eight-month-pregnant Jakelin Rivero, 21 years old, charged with robbery, waits to have a bath with buckets of water that other prisoners have brought for them at an improvised outdoor toilet made from a cardboard by the police. About a hundred detainees use the same toilet bowl and shower in the same place. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - February 2017. Eight-month-pregnant Jakelin Rivero, 21 years old, charged with robbery, shares a skinny mattress to sleep on the floor of their cell. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - March 2017. Female and male prisoners shared this cell before the police department closed their investigation office and transformed it into a female only cell. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Naguanagua, Carabobo - March 2018. Seven male detainees wait for their trial inside a cage in a center of detention. According to a police officer, a prisoner committed suicide inside this cell by hanging himself a couple of weeks ago. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Naguanagua, Carabobo - March 2018. Make-up, hair irons or extensions are some of the benefits these women receive from the police department. Also cellphones that they continuously use as distraction. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - March 2018. A group of female detainees lay down in their prison cell. This cell was the former investigation office of the local police, they had to close it down and transform it into a prison cell because the female detainees were mixed with the male detainees. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them. Daniela (center, with a pink shirt) is serving a 4-year sentence for robbery while her daughter has leukemia.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - March 2018. Daniela (center, with a pink shirt) is serving a 4-year sentence for robbery while her daughter has leukemia. "Eternal days" is the description that was used by one of the already judged female prisoners to refer to the time serving her sentence inside this center of detention instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that cannot visit them. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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Poli-Valencia, Carabobo - March 2018. Maria (on the left) kisses her daughter during visitation hours. She is 35 years old and is charged with robbery. She goes to therapy three times a week. While the beginning of the trials keep on being delayed, the condition of these women inside this precinct in the center of Valencia, a city on north-center of the country, has improved slightly between 2017 and 2018. They are now permitted to have a cellphone, hairdressing utensils and a 3hour recreation time outside their cell. Conjugal visitations are not allowed to female detainees, although one of them got pregnant while being inside the center with another male detainee; they had intercourse in the reception office. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Female detainees wait for their turn to have a shower. This is the only source of water these women have. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Daisy looks outside the entrance door and only access to light that these group of 22 detainees have. She is 47 years old and is accused of drug distribution and possession of crack. She sleeps on a mattress on the floor. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Twenty-two female detainees, including two minors, wait for months or even years for their preliminary trial. They share a 9x12feet cell and most of them sleep on mattresses on the floor. Some of them have not met their lawyers. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Hainni, 17 years old, is accused of homicide. She also goes by the name of "38", which is the caliber of the gun that is tattooed on her leg. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. A female detainee shows her self-inflicted wounds. These scars are not an attempt of suicide but of regular self-mutilation. A common problem among female prisoners. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Because of the overcrowding, these women live under unhygienic conditions. Due to the lack of water or facilities to go to the toilet, they use a bucket as a toilet bowl and when it is filled up they throw the waste through the drain where they shower. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Two female prisoners sleep inside a mattress that they share. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Sarait Rivas, 20 years old. She has been inside this detention center waiting for trail for 45 days, she has not met her lawyer. Accused of terrorism and corruption of minors. She was detained along with a group of people when a liquor store in a slum in Caracas was sacked. She is the mother of two children. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Beauty has always been important in Venezuelan culture. Inside the centers of preventive detention, women take care of their looks even if they do not have mirrors or visitors. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Male and female detainees assist an evangelist event inside the precinct. The preacher charismatically sermonizes about forgiveness and reflection. It was followed by a religious theater play and a shared meal. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Inmates, including a minor (red shirt, on the right), pile up near the entrance door, the only source of natural light they have. Due to overcrowding in Venezuelan prisons, these centers act as a parallel prison system: About 3,000 out of the 96,000 prisoners are serving their sentence within this type of center. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Two female prisoners communicate with male prisoners that are locked up just a few meters away from them. Keylis (above), 28 years old, is paying a sentence of 5 years for drug possession. Hainni (below), 17 years old, is being charged with homicide and her trial is being delayed for 2 months. Due to overcrowding in Venezuelan prisons, these centers act as a parallel prison system: About 3,000 out of the 96,000 prisoners are serving their sentence within this type of center. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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La Yaguara Center of Detention, Caracas - March 2018. Women inside a preventive detention center spend their days in a deranged inactivity. They adapted their space of their "dungeon" to make it look more like a home. They write letters or make drawings to their children, read the Bible, share cigarettes or iron their hair. "Dias Eternos" or "Eternal days" is the description that one of the already judged female prisoners uses to refer to the time of serving her sentence inside this center instead of a state prison. Most of these women have children outside the prison that do not visit them.
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