Lawrence Sumulong's latest project, 'Raising a Family Behind Bars,' explores the grim conditions of families who were forced to relocate to a prison after Typhoon Yolanada.
Though the prison is desolate, it is still equipped with electricity, water purification, security and a sick ward, which is much more than you would find outside of its gates. Unfortunately, those staying in the prison are still subject to disciplinary measures. For instance, those living there -- actual prisoners and non-prisoners alike -- were ordered to fashion a welcome sign for the jail.
Sumulong was fascinated by convergence of criminals, families, loved ones and wardens, trapped in a restrictive environment "under desperate circumstances because of forces outside of their control..." Feeling very connected to this principal, Sumulong set out to create this heart-wrenching series.
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