This collection of photographs documenting various members of South Africa's "Numbers" prison gangs after being released from incarceration is a striking look at the harsh times these men have endured. The gang members from the 26s, 27s & 28s have often spent decades behind bars, evident from their jailhouse tattoos and acquired disabilities. The tattoos serve as a form of hierarchy, as well as signify the violent crimes they've committed and the personal statements symbolic of their organizations.

Hit the thumbs to see some powerful photos of the Number gangs in South Africa. [Crakajack]