Real Life Stories

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.

Posted on 16th December 2016

Solidarity and support

Many of our wonderful supporters have sent through messages to Prisoners Abroad this Christmas. This time of year is full of joy but can often be lonely too. We take it as an opportunity to think about those who are alone across the world and try to show them that they are no way forgotten. […]

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Posted on 16th December 2016

Message from a Prisoner

British prisoners from all other the world sent messages to us at Prisoners Abroad. Some of their powerful words are written below.   I would like to thank all of you for making me feel human again. If it wasn’t for your magazine with so much info and so many stories from other inmates it […]

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Posted on 29th June 2016

Travel Aware

Approximately 5,500 British nationals are arrested abroad every year. Some may escape with a fine or a night in a police station, but many end up with a prison sentence that has to be served in the country they were detained in. Prisoners Abroad is currently working with over 1,000 prisoners in 83 countries across […]

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Posted on 21st August 2014

We See The Person Behind The Bars

It’s very easy to believe that if someone is convicted of a crime, they deserve everything they get. But does this include being shackled in a stinking and overcrowded cell for months on end? Living in constant fear of beatings? Being fed slops? Falling ill but being denied medical treatment and feeling completely and hopelessly […]

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Posted on 21st August 2014

Drugs In Detention

In November 2013, Prisoners Abroad worked in partnership on the ‘Know before you go’ Government campaign to highlight the consequences of the use, possession and smuggling of drugs in countries around the world.

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