The man who created a fashion empire inside the jail

Jorge Cueto went from being a prisoner to the creator of a luxury brand of tattooed bags that employs people in prison.

In Mexico —and in many other places in the world— going through the prison system means navigating against the current to reintegrate into social and work life. Beyond the merely punitive, many judicial systems fail to offer the individual the opportunity to once again become a functional element within society.

Even when the judicial process rules that the person is innocent, the “stain” of the time in jail persists and people experience the weight of marginalization firsthand. This is the case of Jorge Cueto, who was held in Puente Grande, one of the largest prisons in Mexico.

Source: VICE Pável Gaona