It has been a constant fight to gain the needed permission to work in the prisons of Brazil. I have attended probably 20 something meetings, written many emails, phone calls and texts to get in. And each time we start again. IT is a fight against bureaucracy , corruption and just a general attitude of no-one caring about the inmates. The conditions they suffer are inhumane, and the animals in the zoo that is just out side the gate have better living areas (not exaggerating). This prison is double capacity and the men only get to leave their insanely crowded cells once a week!
The directer here was very kind and favorable and granted us access to reach many men. There gratitude is overwhelming and the saddest moment is when the guards call them back to their cells and they have to leave.