Africa: Juveniles in Prisons: prisons023

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.
Freetown, Sierra Leone

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.