The Iwahig Prison Doors

“Even behind prison walls I can see the heavy clouds and the blue sky over the horizon.”- Nelson Mandela

 

This is a peaceful road which took us to the Iwahig Penal Colony in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines way back in 2010. At first glance you won’t even notice that it is a prison based on how quiet the place is. But it is an active prison where about 2000 criminals are serving time. 

 

This is for Norm’s Thursday Doors Challenge- The Iwahig Prison Doors.

 

It is a minimum security prison where inmates are allowed to move around freely, no fences, no bars. They have chores in the farm raising animals and planting crops. Some make wood carvings and souvenir items that they get paid for and is a source of livelihood for them and for their family. The families of the prisoners can live with them so this area has about 4000 residents.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. lolaWi says:

    oh wow. didn’t even know this. thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure, Wi.

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  2. The fanlights over the doors are quite lovely. Thank you for this post. I was fascinated by the details and the location.

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    1. TCast says:

      Thanks for stopping by. 💙

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  3. Such an interesting prison concept.. 😉

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    1. Teresa says:

      I know, and I think in here they don’t try to escape.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely shots of an interesting concept for a prison. I guess it must be working otherwise it wouldn’t still be open….

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    1. Teresa says:

      I guess it does. Sorry for the late response, your comment somehow ended up as spam. Regards and have a good day, Norm.

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  5. Interesting post.

    janet

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    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Janet. Was looking at my archives when I found these photos.

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  6. More like a commune than a prison but if it works well like that then why not!

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    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, why not. Everybody’s happy I guess.

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  7. This is interesting. 🙂

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  8. Librarylady says:

    Hi Teresa, Interesting post – maybe it’s a better place to live than other options, especially if the family can be there. Food and a roof over your head, a lot more than some people have. Beautiful does for such a potentially grim place.

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    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, and I believe the inmates love it there and they don’t like to leave the place anymore. Tourists also come and buy whatever handicrafts they make like necklaces, keychains, etc. earning their keep. Thanks for the visit Geanie.

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