The Bolivian penitentiary regime allows the prisoners to live together with their family into the prison. In the whole country, there are some 2000 children living in prisons with their parents, surrounded by high fences and watching towers. They can leave the prison at any time but in fact, they have their home in there. Actually, they live together with all kind of common criminals. The first impression of somebody visiting a Bolivian penitentiary is that of being somewhere very similar to the poor neighborhoods around the big towns in the country; if it was not for the high walls surrounding the prison and the intuition that the apparent peace here is something very fragile. Rows of houses made with the most varied materials, children running to break de silence with their cries and games, bars and restaurants of different categories, men working industriously in workshops, sports fields and even churches of various creeds shock the surprised eyes of the visitor. The penitentiaries of Palmasola (Santa Cruz de la Sierra), San Pedro and Obrajes (La Paz) are some of the examples of how the rules are in this penitentiary regime. There are 2000 children in different Bolivian prisons. The number of inmates is three times higher from what these prisons were initially projected. Thus, it is not surprising that some of them have to work to get some incomes that will allow them to pay a little rent for a room to sleep, buy some food, or get medicines when necessary. They have found their place in the world inside the Bolivian penitentiaries. Their lives are not so different from many families living outside if it was not because they share a room with drug addicts, thieves, drug runners or convicts of murder.
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