For some the hardest thing about overseas imprisonment is the isolation and distance from home and family. For others it’s the terrible conditions and daily struggle for survival. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all of them.
Nobody can truly convey the reality of life in an overseas prison, or the desperation of being left at home wondering what has happened to your loved-one, better than the people who have experienced these things for themselves.
The following case studies talk in depth about the shocking treatment people can experience in an overseas prison, and what it’s like to be separated by thousands of miles without the modern forms of communication we take for granted today. But they also show that with the right support, prison doesn’t have to destroy the lives of those it affects.
Here, Genevieve’s tells her story, about being deported back to the UK after living in USA for fifty years… ‘I was 59 when I went to prison in the US, my first experience with the prison system. I was facing a two-year prison sentence: my worst nightmare. You need a primary source of strength that […]
In the Philippines, people with a disability get special treatment… …they get beaten and robbed more often. Like with so many of the people Prisoners Abroad supports, Billy’s story is a harrowing one. Billy survived appalling and inhumane conditions for several years whilst being held in one of the worst prisons in the Philippines. Making […]
Prisoners Abroad is currently supporting 57 British Citizens in South American prisons where overcrowding and gang violence are at an all-time high. John and Derek were arrested in Brazil; this is their harrowing story of what they experienced in a South American prison. “I’d be handcuffed and often walk along with a 9mm gun held […]
Not everyone who is arrested abroad is a ‘hardened criminal’. People make mistakes, particularly young people. Without thinking, they can do something that is not considered a crime in the UK, not realising that it is one where they are and how severe the consequences can be. That is why we are encouraging people to […]
Sean started taking drugs whilst working abroad on his gap year. When his habit got out of control, he started to rack up debts and receive threats. In an act of desperation, he attempted to smuggle drugs into Australia to clear his debt, but was caught by the Australian police and imprisoned, thousands of miles […]