On the edge of the Everglades, surrounded by the sugarcane fields of southern Florida, lies Miracle Village, a small religious community comprised largely of registered sex offenders. Built in the 1960s to house fieldworkers, a pastor, who treats their offense as a sin for which to repent, opened the community in 2009. It is a deeply religious, tight knit, and strictly self-governed community.
The total population hovers around 200. More than half of this number is made up of offenders; the rest includes their spouses, family, children, and friends. While their crimes include viewing child pornography, having a consensual relationship with a minor, and molesting their own children, there are no violent criminals in the town. This is a strict guideline to admission.
These images were produced on assignment for Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, and are simply a portrait of a place and its residents, both offenders and not, as they search for redemption.