Prisoners run bank system in San Pedro prison (VIDEO)


One of Peru´s largest and most overcrowded prisons, San Pedro, has made international headlines but not for reasons you would expect.

Within the prison, a banking system is run in order to keep savings for prisoners. Unexpectedly, prisoners are not only the customers, but bank employees as well.

An inmate incarcerated for drug trafficking is even the bank manager, reports the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). As reported, the main concept is about establishing savings for their release and re-establishing trust among prisoners and authorities.

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According to the report, inmates in the San Juan de Lurigancho prison save on average US$ 6 dollars a month, earning small incomes performing mechanical tasks or other duties within the prison.

Prison director, Julio Castaneda, comments that many prisoners upon release enter a different world and are equipped with nothing. The bank program is an effort to at least provide them with an economical jumpstart in beginning a new life.A recent international news report showcased the unusual responsibility given to prisoners.



Agnes Rivera

A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.