San Pedro Prison

Local nameCarcel de San Pedro
LocationLa Paz, Bolivia

San Pedro prison or El penal de San Pedro is the largest prison in La Paz, Bolivia renowned for being a society within itself. Significantly different from most correctional facilities, inmates at San Pedro have jobs inside the community, buy or rent their accommodation, and often live with their families. The sale of cocaine base to visiting tourists gives those inside a significant income and an unusual amount of freedom within the prison walls. Elected leaders enforce the laws of the community, commonly through stabbing. The prison is home to nearly 3,000 inmates, with additional guests staying in the prison hotel.The book Marching Powder, written by Rusty Young and published in 2003, describes the experiences of the British inmate Thomas McFadden who became known for offering prison tours to tourists. Another book El Choco was published 2007 and tells the story about Jonas Andersson, a Swede who offered prison tours to tourists from Posta, the richest area of San Pedro.

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Address G.Gonzales, La Paz, Bolivia

Coordinates -16°30'11.193" N -68°8'4.791" E

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