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Nov 15, 2016

When prison becomes a safe haven during a drug war

When prison becomes a safe haven during a drug war

A Manila prison so overcrowded that inmates must sleep in halls and stairwells and share each toilet with 150 other men seems like a haven compared to the deadly drug war going on outside.

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A guard points at inmates gathered at the basketball court for a head count before going to sleep at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 18, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates sleep in the open at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines, November 5, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates wait to be taken from Quezon City Jail to court hearings in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A religious picture is placed next to a microphone and sound system at the chapel of Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates dance during routine morning exercise at the court inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates play with a cat at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates watch a movie at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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An inmate covers his head as he passes the time inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates pass the time at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Guards check the lists as inmates are taken from Quezon City Jail to court hearings in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates have their hair cut at Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates are handcuffed to each other as guards take them from Quezon City Jail to court hearings in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A tattoo is seen on the neck of an inmate in an underground cell of Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates are handcuffed to each other as they are brought back from hearings to Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A cat is tied to the leg of a sleeping inmate inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A guitar is placed inside a closet at the chapel of Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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A security guard checks his phone as he watches over inmates inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. R DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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"Welcome to Hell" is written on the stairs inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Inmates sleep inside Quezon City Jail in Manila, Philippines October 19, 2016. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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