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At Bollate Prison

Mourad Hathlouthi, 39, a prisoner at Bollate prison in Milan, Italy, sings the Muslim call to prayer from a cell converted into a makeshift mosque. About 30% of the inmates in Bollate are Muslim. (Damon Winter / LAT)
Abdelfattah Jendoubi, 42, leads the afternoon prayers at the Bollate prison in Milan, Italy. Jendoubi is serving a sentence on drug charges. (Damon Winter / LAT)
Mourad Hathlouthi, prays as another inmate, Abdelilah, 32, waits outside. (Damon Winter / LAT)
Mohammed Derrag, 23, a heavily tattooed Moroccan, does not pray at all. “I was born a Muslim and always will be a Muslim,” he says. “But my family prays. Not me.” (Damon Winter / LAT)
Algerian immigrant Osama Adil, 22, works out at a gym in Bollate prison in Milan, Italy. He is serving the last two months of his one-year sentence for robbery. (Damon Winter / LAT)
A Muslim inmate of Moroccan origin works out at a gym in Bollate prison in Milan, Italy. (Damon Winter / LAT)
Mohammed Derrag is almost philosophical about the number of immigrants in Italian prisons. “Probably we commit more crimes,” he says. “So many people come here and don’t find help, so logically they end up in crime. All over Italy, in all the jails, you find Arabs. And people from the south of Italy — the poorest people.” (Damon Winter / LAT)