LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: View of Lurigancho prison from one of the surveillance towers.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: One of the oldest prisoners in his cell.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Two of the prisoners; One of them can not stand up and needs the constant help of others.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Drug dependent inmate in the infirmary. The bag he carries in his stomach is due to a bullet wound.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Prisoners with fewer resources and who can not afford their own food receive a ration of the surplus of each pavilion.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Prisoners with fewer resources and who can not afford their own food receive a ration of the surplus of each pavilion.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Sale of fruits, vegetables and products of first necessity in the Jirón de la Unión corridor.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Sale of fruits and vegetables in the Jirón de la Unión corridor.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU:
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: One of the inmates who works as a transporter tries to move, with the help of one of the police officers, the merchandise cart sent by relatives from abroad.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU:
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: The days of the women's visit the population of the prison is doubled.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU:
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Recovering from a stroke in his cell.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Overcrowding in one of the shared cells.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Overcrowding in one of the shared cells.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life..

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: As a consequence of the overpopulation in the prison the prisoners are in charge of building their new rooms with materials that they buy.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Overcrowding causes many inmates to build their cells-houses on the roof of the pavilions. Some of them who live there work as watchmen and receive the name of "techeros".

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
Eng.: Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life. Esp.: Lurigancho, con 6.713 reclusos (enero 2012, según datos del INPE) pero con capacidad real para 3.204 y con una relación de 100 presos por cada policía, es la cárcel más grande y superpoblada de todo Perú.  La corrupción, la tuberculosis y la drogodependencia, unidos a una pésima gestión por parte del Estado, hicieron que durante mucho tiempo fuese considerado uno de los más peligrosos centros penitenciarios del mundo. Hoy, la prisión de Lurigancho lucha por sobrevivir gracias a la organización interna de algunos reclusos que, con su trabajo, han creado una pequeña infraestructura que les permita alimentarse y vivir de manera más digna.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU:
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Prisoner suffering from extremely resistant tuberculosis in the corridor of the tuberculous ward.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: One of the prisoners sick with tuberculosis in the process of healing but with problems of drug addiction.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU: Inmate with tuberculosis who is extremely resistant and drug dependent.

Lurigancho is the largest prison in Peru and the most overcrowded. According to the National Penitentiary Institute of Peru (January 2012) it has a capacity limit of 3,204 prisoners but it actually holds 6,713 with a ratio of one police officer to 100 inmates. With corruption, tuberculosis and drug dependency together with its appalling management by the state, the prison gained a reputation as one of the most dangerous prisons in the world. Today, Lurigancho is fighting to survive thanks to the internal organization of some inmates and their work. These inmates have managed to create a small, internal infrastructure that allows them to feed themselves and live a more dignified life.
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU:
LURIGANCHO PRISON, SAN JUAN DE LURIGANCHO, LIMA, PERU:

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