Inside El Salvador’s prisons, where social distancing is impossible

Inside El Salvador’s prisons, where social distancing is impossible

The United Nations has urged governments in Latin America to do more to protect inmates in these times of coronavirus’ outbreak.

Brazil has already started moving inmates over 60 into house arrest and Peru says it plans to give vulnerable inmates an amnesty.

But the country with the second-highest per capita prison population after the US has not taken yet taken any such steps. El Salvador has been grappling with gang violence for decades and its prisons are bursting at the seams.

Photographer Tariq Zaidi spent two years documenting conditions in El Salvador’s jails before the coronavirus outbreak spread to the Central American nation. He gained access to six prisons as well as two police holding cells for a rare look inside the Central American nation’s penal institutions.

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