"Welcome to the penal colony at Devil's Island, whose prisoners you are, and from which there is no escape."Papillon, (1973)
That's what I heard when we approached the gates to Iquitos' regional jungle prison.
The penitentiary of Iquitos, Establecimiento Penal para Sentenciados e Inculpados de Maynas (Epsim)- Penitentiary establishment for Sentenced and Accused of Maynas, has been categorized by various organizations as unsafe; roofs about to collapse, stairs missing for guards to get up onto the watch towers and exposed electrical circuits are among the main problems. Currently, the jail holds 644 people, 55 of those being women....“Iquitos penitentiary posses danger to inhabitants.” 17 Feb. 2006
I didn't do it, man. It wasn't my fault. But I went to prison in Iquitos, Peru anyway. Some people will be surprised not that I went but that they let me out.In fact, they kept me out.
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