The Wider Image: Philippines drug war turns jail into a haven

The Wider Image: Philippines drug war turns jail into a haven

Nearly 2,300 drug users and dealers have been killed in police operations or by suspected vigilantes since Duterte took office on June 30, according to the Philippines police. Thousands more have been arrested, filling the country's already seething jails to bursting point. Quezon City Jail was built to hold 800 inmates but is now home to over 3,400 - far too many for its cell area, which is roughly equivalent to three basketball courts. In mid-August, as Duterte's anti-narcotics campaign intensified, the population briefly topped 4,000 until the jail insisted that detainees were sent elsewhere. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj SEARCH "DAMIR PRISON" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Matching text: PHILIPPINES-DRUGS/PRISON

November 9, 2016 4:22 PM (UTC+8)