2006 Photo Contest, Contemporary Issues, 2nd prize

Joao Silva

The New York Times

29 June, 2005

Inmates of the Maula Prison sleep on the floor. They are so tightly packed that they turn over only when a designated prisoner wakes them to do so en masse. Malawi prisons do not have a bad human rights record, but are overcrowded as many of those incarcerated have been on remand for several years as a result of a lack of financial and legal resources. The nation's 12 million citizens have 28 legal-aid attorneys and eight prosecutors with law degrees among them. The situation is repeated across the continent in countries where judicial systems are under-financed and understaffed.

About the photographer

Joao Silva

Under the mentorship of Ulli Michel, João became a stringer for the Reuters Johannesburg Bureau in 1991. In 1992, he was hired as a staff photographer at The Star. He later joine...

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