2017 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd prize

The Philippines' Most Overcrowded Jail


Noel Celis

Agence France-Presse

21 July, 2016

Prisoners sleep on a staircase inside the Quezon City Jail, at night in Manila, Philippines. The jail was built in 1953 to house 800 people, though the UN says it should accommodate no more than 278. In August, Time reported that there were some 3,800 inmates at Quezon.

Jail populations in the Philippines rose sharply after newly inaugurated President Rodrigo Duterte announced an all-out war on drugs.

About the photographer

Noel Celis

Noel ventured into news photography for two local newspapers, The Manila Times in 2005 and The Manila Bulletin in 2007, covering different beats like police, sports and lifestyle...

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