Minors, teen-aged and younger, are packed side by side on the floor with adults in cells that hold up to 100 people at the Navotas Municipal Jail in metropolitan Manila. Photo courtesy Mark Welsh
Children in Prison
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It’s against the law to put a child under the age of 15 in an adult prison in the Philippines. Up until a year ago, children as young as nine were placed in the same cells with adult rapists, killers, and thieves. The Philippine government changed the law, but implementation has been slow. As a result, about a thousand young children are still believed locked up with adults in the Philippines. Miranda Kennedy reports.
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