San Pedro Prison is regarded as the strangest prison in the world, located in the heart of the mountainous city of La Paz in western Bolivia, 11,500 feet up in the Andes. Largest prison in Bolivia, housing more than 2,400 inmates, but that’s not what makes this prison special.
San Pedro Prison is guarded only from the outside and their only job is to make sure that no one escapes. This means that the prisoners are for the most part left to look after themselves.
Prisoners pay an entrance fee and then they must buy their cells either from the “prison mayor” or through one of the prison’s “freelance real-estate agents” when they enter the prison.
The prisoners established a functioning society with the government system and they elect eight officials, one for each section inside the prison. Each section is represented by a small council to make decisions.
Many of the prisoners in San Pedro Prison live together with their wives and children in the prison. There are about 200 children who live with their fathers in this place.
The children inside the prison are under constant danger, but rapists and child molesters are treated with a brutal zero-tolerance policy by the inmates and they usually end up drowned in the small swimming pool inside San Pedro Prison.