The legendary prison, "Garcia Moreno"

• The legendary prison "Garcia Moreno"

Took office in 2008, President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, a socialist by conviction, has launched a campaign to improve the situation of prisoners. He demanded from the leadership of these institutions to provide people with access to the most needed. Build a high security prison "La Roca" he called "the grave, a place with no windows and light, where they bury criminals" and demanded rebuild it. These measures have led to an increase in escapes, but Correa remained adamant.

Many of the prisons that existed more than a hundred years, have been closed. Associated Press photographer Dolores Ochoa agency once visited one of the abandoned prison - the legendary "Garcia Moreno", where he was even one of the presidents of Ecuador, and found traces of their own culture, cut off from the outside world gates and bars.

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In prison, "Garcia Moreno" was a local psychologist Oscar Ortiz, who has worked with prisoners behind these walls. One of his projects together with local artists - the decoration of the walls such pictures. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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In the 139 years of prison inmates covered it with graffiti and drawings, some of which resemble the real picture. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The windows prison cells overlooking the inner courtyard. The fate of the building closed prison remains unresolved. One of the power of ideas - to convert the old prison in the city center in a luxury hotel. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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Children's shoes. In this chamber I sat a prisoner who strangled his wife. Soon, he was hung up in front of their children, who came to visit her father. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The image of Jesus, which is available at the gate separating the wings of the prison, "Garcia Moreno." (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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A broken guitar, left the prisoners when moving. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The pictures on the wall. Epistle urges police to shoot a pistol brand "Glock". (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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Do not dry. The room 8 sq. m., calculated for two, up to 8 people. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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"No fake people." Corridor and the door to the chamber. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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General view of the jail, "Garcia Moreno." Ecuador, April 9, 2015. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The famous camera "moths". It was originally designed for two people, but at night the local groups to monitor the entire prison life, locked up here until 15 addicts. The prisoners here, "butterflies" were engaged in prostitution in exchange for the drug dose. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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were cameras in the prison of 8 square meters. m. to 30 sq. m. The largest contained up to 40 people. But by paying the local authorities could settle in the "suite" - chamber, with one neighbor. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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In prison, "Garcia Moreno" a local stall. Prisoner of the chamber arranged the sale of products, opened a small shop. Advertisement reads: "Ordered. Sponsored lunches. I do not believe anybody". (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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Panda on the door of one of the chambers. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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These kinds of views from the jail cell. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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Images in the courtyard. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The prison gym. Access here was considered a privilege. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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Things left the last prisoner on the floor restroom before transfer to another prison. Behind the scenes were cut from newspapers and magazines with a picture of topless women, old clothes and icons with Christ. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The prison toilet. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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The famous prisoner. Bust of the President of Ecuador Jose Eloy Alfaro Delgado - the most famous prisoner in prison, "Garcia Moreno." He spent nine years in office, was overthrown in a coup and put in prison, where he was killed by an angry mob. (Photo by Dolores Ochoa):

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