A prisoner in Medellin, Colombia, looks out from behind bars in 2007. Over 10 years, photographer Valerio Bispuri visited 74 prisons in South America. Bispuri said his mission was to humanize prisoners and help find a universal element that connects us all.
A penitentiary in Santiago, Chile, in 2008.
A prisoner lies in her bed in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2005.
Prisoners peer out of an opening in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2009.
A look inside a cell in Santiago, Chile, in 2008.
A woman dances at a prison in Rio de Janeiro in 2008.
Prisoners reach out in Lima, Peru, in 2007.
A crowded cell holds prisoners in Santiago, Chile, in 2008.
Prisoners lift a makeshift barbell at a prison in Bogota, Colombia, in 2007.
Inmates in Rio de Janeiro in 2008.
A prison guard works in Buenos Aires in 2006.