At California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, inmates can be held in isolation for years for involvement with violent prison gangs. Some have been confined under a policy that allows tattoos, drawings and books as evidence of an affiliation.
They are rebels, artists, educators, filmmakers, activists and pariahs who spark change, controversy and even outrage. Some are working on a large stage, while others make a mark with smaller acts of defiance.
Rosalio Reta was 13 when he became an assassin for Miguel Treviño, the just-captured leader of the Zetas, Mexico's most violent drug cartel. He spoke to CIR about the crimes he witnessed and claims to have committed.
For some families, seeing an image of their incarcerated relative for the first time in years has sparked renewed hope and revived dormant family connections. For others, the photographs are a shocking reminder of the length of time some inmates have been held in isolation.