EFEBy Augusto Morel Buenos Aires

Nearly 50,000 inmates are housed at penitentiaries in Buenos Aires province, or roughly half the total for all of Argentina.

But only 16 percent of the prison population in that region is enrolled in work reinsertion programs, a problem that one NGO makes it its mission to address.

Martin Martinez is 27 and has been moved around to different prisons for the past nine years. Currently housed at the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service's (SPB's) Unit No. 9 in the city of La Plata, he is teaching other inmates to pick up the pieces of their lives and carve out a new path.