The prison in Mzuzu, Malawi holds 450 prisoners of which 60 are juveniles. It was built in the early 60’s by the British and was meant to hold 50 prisoners at the time. The circumstances are harsh; the prison is so overcrowded that the inmates can’t lie down to sleep, and they receive food only once a day. For the few hours that they are lead outside, they often sleep sitting or laying down on the courtyard.
Many of these prisoners have committed only minor or no real crimes, mostly due to economic and social troubles that the country is suffering. Poverty and unemployment are significant factors playing a role in the shaping of a young generation, many of whom are imprisoned in Mzuzu.