lynsey addario, photographer

Africa: Juveniles in Prisons

Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons and remand homes. Because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and because of a lack of resources, it is difficult to provide separate facilities for minors from adults.

Prisoners line up in the remand section of the Pedemba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Prisoners walk around  the remand section of the Pedemba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Prisoners line up in the remand section of the Pedemba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
     
  
Young men convicted of petty crimes lie around on bug-infested mattresses at the approved school for convicted juveniles in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Unlike the Freetown remand home, the approved school is still undergoing rennovation, and has dire conditions and few resources for food and hygeine.  Most young inmates claim they are fed only one meal a day, there are no toilet or bathing facilities, and only a few old mattresses for sleeping.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Prisoners linger in the halls of one of the sections of the Pedemba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Young men convicted of petty crimes lie around on bug-infested mattresses at the approved school for convicted juveniles in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Unlike the Freetown remand home, the approved school is still undergoing rennovation, and has dire conditions and few resources for food and hygeine.  Most young inmates claim they are fed only one meal a day, there are no toilet or bathing facilities, and only a few old mattresses for sleeping.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
     
  
Young men convicted of petty crimes lie around on bug-infested mattresses at the approved school for convicted juveniles in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 23, 2006.  Unlike the Freetown remand home, the approved school is still undergoing rennovation, and has dire conditions and few resources for food and hygeine.  Most young inmates claim they are fed only one meal a day, there are no toilet or bathing facilities, and only a few old mattresses for sleeping.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
A boy convicted of larceny eats out of a plastic bag in the Kingtom emand home for juveniles in Freetown, Sierra Leone, November 22, 2006.  Freshly rennovated, the Freetown remand home remains almost empty due to poor security and few resources for food and hygeine--most of the juveniles routinely escape-- forcing the Magistrate of the juvenile court in Freetown to send most juveniles with serious offendences to prison.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
 Prisoners who claim to be juveniles hang out in their cell in Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
     
  
Prisoners who claim to be juveniles line up for dinner in Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Prisoners who claim to be juveniles line up for dinner in Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Prisoners in Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
     
  
Prisoners clean up after dinner in Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Prisoners wait for uniforms as they are admitted into Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  The two men on the far left claim to be 15 years old, and will join dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
A 15 year old prisoner shows the scars on his back left from when he was beaten by an angry crowd after he stole a mattress from a shop in Lira, in the courtyard of Lira Prison in Uganda, November 18, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
     
  
Prisoners wait for uniforms as they are admitted into Lira Prison in Lira, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  The man on the right claims to be 16 years old, and will join dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and who are adults.
  
Ugandan kids sleep together in the rehabilitation home for juveniles who have been convicted of petty crimes at the rehabilitation home for juveniles in Kampala, Uganda, November 19, 2006.  Uganda has one remand home for juveniles who have yet to be tried, and one rehabilitation home in Kampala, Uganda.  Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons, but because of a lack of birth certificates, and a gross lack of resources for separate facilities, it is difficult for officials to provide separate facilities for children from adults.
  
Prisoners attend a Pentacostal mass on the grounds of Murchison Bay Prison in Kampala, Uganda, November 18, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and because of a lack of resources, it is difficult to provide separate facilities for minors from adults.
     
  
Prisoners prepare a meal in the kitchen of Murchison Bay Prison in Kampala, Uganda, November 18, 2006.  Dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons throughout Africa, but because of a lack of birth certificates, it is difficult for officials to ascertain who are juveniles, and because of a lack of resources, it is difficult to provide separate facilities for minors from adults.
  
A young man stands in a courtyard of the remand home for juveniles who are awaiting trial for crimes in Kampala, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Uganda has one remand home, and one rehabilitation home, a home for juveniles who have been convicted of crimes, in Kampala.   Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons, but because of a lack of birth certificates, and a gross lack of resources for separate facilities, it is difficult for officials to provide separate facilities for children from adults.
  
A young woman lies around in the girls' room of the remand home for juveniles who are awaiting trial for crimes in Kampala, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Uganda has one remand home, and one rehabilitation home, a home for juveniles who have been convicted of crimes, in Kampala.   Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons, but because of a lack of birth certificates, and a gross lack of resources for separate facilities, it is difficult for officials to provide separate facilities for children from adults.
     
  
Young women dance around in the girls' room of the remand home for juveniles who are awaiting trial for crimes in Kampala, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Uganda has one remand home, and one rehabilitation home, a home for juveniles who have been convicted of crimes, in Kampala.   Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons, but because of a lack of birth certificates, and a gross lack of resources for separate facilities, it is difficult for officials to provide separate facilities for children from adults.
  
Ugandan street kids play with kids in the rehabilitation home for juveniles who have been convicted of petty crimes at the rehabilitation home for juveniles in Kampala, Uganda, November 19, 2006.  Uganda has one remand home for juveniles who have yet to be tried, and one rehabilitation home in Kampala, Uganda.  Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons, but because of a lack of birth certificates, and a gross lack of resources for separate facilities, it is difficult for officials to provide separate facilities for children from adults.
  
A young boy eats lunch at the remand home for juveniles who are awaiting trial for crimes in Kampala, Uganda, November 17, 2006.  Uganda has one remand home, and one rehabilitation home, a home for juveniles who have been convicted of crimes, in Kampala.   Across Africa, dozens of suspected juveniles are mixed with adult prisoners in prisons, but because of a lack of birth certificates, and a gross lack of resources for separate facilities, it is difficult for officials to provide separate facilities for children from adults.