This may, at first glance, look like a group crashed out after a party. But take another look.

Do you see an intimate group of male friends and partners, sleeping over after a night of partying? Look closer, and you’ll see that some men are sitting up, unable to squeeze in between the overlapping limbs of others. 

This is Quezon City jail in Manila, Philippines, where the night turns the cracked cement floor of a basketball court into a bedroom for an overflowing prison population. Prisoners take turns to sleep here. Built six decades ago for an inmate population of 800, the prison now houses 3,800 — a symptom of a larger malaise. 



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