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.
Nine years ago I got a phone call that no parent wants; my son had been arrested in Prague. I fell to the ground with an asthma attack and my daughter had to take the phone. After two days of calls back and forth, my son was granted bail to come home to England, but […]
“I owe my parents everything… I won’t ever be able to pay them. The only way I can do that is to be the best person I can be, and do right by them from now onwards.” – Sean, Chris’ son Hello, my name is Chris and my only child is currently serving four and […]
Seven years ago, I received a phone call. It was the most shocking moment of my life. Four days later my son Jacob* was in jail on suicide watch, soon to be given a long sentence for a crime committed in a fit of psychosis due to his severe mental illness. That was the beginning […]
Lucy* tells us about her experience in Thailand. I was in prison over in Thailand for one year, I started out on a vacation for one month, at the end of my holiday in Bangkok airport, I ended up arrested, and I served one year in prison. What you go through every day is surreal […]
Prisoners Abroad represents a forgotten minority of women. At the time of writing, we are supporting 66 women out of a total of 998 prisoners. Although women still only account of a small portion of the worldwide prison population, between 2000 and 2015 the number of women and girls in prison increased by 50%. Being […]