Africa: Juveniles in Prisons: prisons069

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.
Lira, Uganda

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.