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.
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 […]
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 […]