Guards of Geraldo Beltrao maximum security Penitentiary, Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
Cell 13 of Geraldo Beltrao maximum security Penitentiary, Joao Pessoa, Brazil.
Paraiba´s State Secretary of Prison Administration, Walber Virgolino Ferreira da Silva wears the locally popular Lampião hat
A guard is preparing to open the door of the Cell 1 tto allow an inmate's wife to leave at the end of the weekly visit. Every sunday the prisoners can receive visits from their loved ones, in the same cell with the other inmates. Normally each cell holds at least 15 prisoners.
Cell 13 players warm up in their cell before the game against Cell 15, Geraldo Beltrão penitentiary, João Pessoa, Brazil
Eronício da Silva Paixão, detenuto modello, palleggia nella cucina con un pallone cucito a mano da lui stesso, all´interno di un programma di reinserimento profesionale per i detenuti in collaborazione con una marca sportiva paraibana chiamata Carreiro. Ognuno di loro guadagna 4 reais per ogni pallone finito. Il denaro viene inviato alle loro famiglie. Ogni 3 giorni di lavoro viene scontato 1 giorno di pena. Se i detenuti decidono di seguire dei corsi di formazione professionale (cucire palloni rientra in uno di questi) per ogni 12 ore di studio viene condonato un giorno di pena.
I prigionieri ritratti nella foto godono di un regime meno duro rispetto agli altri, in quanto lavorano nella cucina preparando le refezioni per tutti e svolgono diversi altri lavori all´interno del carcere. Per la propria sicurezza, dormono anche in una cella separata, fuori dal braccio in cui sono rinchiusi gli altri detenuti.
Cell 15´s Ivonaldo Rodrigues da Silva Filho, 24 years old, has been incarcerated for six years for murder and theft
due detenuti della cella 15 vincitrice del campionato fanno la doccia al ritorno in cella
A guard holding a riot gun prepares to open the doors of the cells for the daily sunbath of the prisoners.
The guards frisk Cell 9´s prisoners before the "banho de sol", the daily sun bath in the soccer court
I piedi del calciatore Lindemberg de Macedo Souza, capitano della cella 15, vincitrice del torneo del 2014. In carcere per omicidio. giocatori della cella 9 si apprestano ad entrare in campo per disputare la finale contro la cella 15.
Charles Mota, "chefe de Disciplina" of the Geraldo Beltrão maximum security penitentiary and goalkeeper of the guards team, holds a riot gun before the beginning of the final game against the cell 15.
Lindemberg de Macedo Souza, captain of the cell 15 team, at the end of the game
A Cell 15´s prisoner kisses his wife through barbed wire at the end of the championship finale that just won. They have not seen each other for about 2 years.
Players warm up among mattresses and clothes hanging on lines. When they walk outside, they’re stopped at a metal door and frisked by armed guards. After a second metal door, they arrive on the pitch. Any slip over the sidelines is dangerous: the area is encircled by barbed wire. “We need to be calm, patient,” says one. “It’s our hot heads that got us in this place.” Outsiders are barred from the match. Once it ends, the players file back inside, saluted by hands that stretch into the corridor through steel bars. Their cell doors lock and screams of celebra- tion echo through the prison.
Since 2012, this football tournament has been played every year inside Geraldo Beltrão, a maximum-security prison in João Pessoa, capital of Paraíba, Brazil. Each cell may form one team of five prisoners. After a week of continuous matches, each player on the win- ning team receives his prize: a box of food containing rice, beans and other goods, usually later sent to his family. The winning team also gets to play against prison guards, a match in which daily tensions sometimes creep into the pitch. “Bring a bag to carry all the goals home,” one inmate teases, and then quickly apologizes. Once the match is over, only one team will be armed.This year’s winner was Cell 15. With 15 inmates, it could easily have formed three teams. But it can’t, because each cell can only field one squad, and it shouldn’t because the cells in Geraldo Beltrão are only supposed to hold seven people. Overcrowded prisons are the rule in Brazil, with the nation’s 400,000 inmates crammed into structures built to hold only 260,000. Last year, 83 suicides, 110 homicides and 769 other deaths were recorded in prisons countrywide, but the government has other priorities than improving life behind bars. Since 2008, only R$1.5 billion (US$670 million) has been invested in the national incarceration system, while in the same period, R$8 billion ($3.5 billion) of taxpayers’ money has gone to con- struct new stadiums for the World Cup 1.In Manaus, state capital of Amazonas, stands a newly built, 42,000-capacity football arena that will likely be left vacant once the World Cup ends, and a 400 capacity prison that currently holds more than 1,000 detainees. So in September 2013, Sabino Marques, a judge in charge of monitoring the state’s prison system, proposed that, when the last footballer leaves the locker room, the stadium be used as a temporary detention center.It’s just one among many opinions aired in the national debate about Brazil’s World Cup spending. Even inside Geraldo Beltrão, pragmatism struggles with football pride 2. “All the money being spent on the World Cup is an investment in the wrong place,” says Alex Herculano, 32, an inmate who plays as winger, “but the national team is good; I think we are going to win.”