December - Germany

Article in relation to Germany

An ever-increasing challenge of communicating with loved ones

Blog 

On it's way...

Statistics - people we are supporting in Germany

  • We currently have 32 British prisoners that we are supporting in Germany (making it 7th in terms of client numbers)
  • In most countries, prisoners with drug offences are typically the largest group. In Germany, however, 38% of current prisoners are detained on fraud-related offences (half of these being detained for tax-related fraud).
  • The longest sentence length of the people we are currently supporting is 15 years.
  • The average sentence length for current British prisoners in Germany is 9 years
  • This year, 9 detainees in Germany have received language learning materials to help them communicate in prison.
  • Provision for healthcare for prisoners in Germany is generally good – although people who have no form of insurance are asked to cover part of the cost. Prisoners Abroad has only made one Medical Fund payment to a prisoner in Germany in the past 4 years.

Link to the foreign office website 

Local laws and customs information 

November - Australia

Article on laws in the country

An Aussie's guide to the Ashes - read Beth's blog about travel to Australia this year

Mark's story 'the beautiful present'

Prisoner pack and link to the Foreign office advice

Read the travel advice for Australia - updates on legality of e-cigarettes and updates on local laws and customs

October - United Arab Emirates

Article on laws in the country

#makememoriesnotmistakes - read one of our student ambassadors blogs about Dubai travel

Prisoner pack and link to the FCO - foreign office advice

This month UAE is the focus - read their travel advice

Case studies / Quotes

A quote from David Haigh, who we supported when he was imprisoned in the UAE. 

“Without Prisoners Abroad I wouldn’t be here. They have saved my life. Prisoners Abroad was there for me when no-one else was.”

Read more about David's story here

September - Turkey

Article on laws in the country

In conjunction with World Tourism Day read our article about Turkey

Prisoner pack and link to FCO - foreign office advice. 

This month we're looking at Turkey - download the prisoner pack. 

Case studies / Quotes 

"The fact of knowing that there are people out there who have never met me but still care; people who do not sit in judgement or castigate; people who remind one that there is goodness in the world." MV - Turkey


August - Spain

Article on laws in the country

Spain! Read about the laws and what to watch out for when travelling there. 

Prisoner pack and link to FCO – foreign office advice

Our Travel Aware country of the month is Spain! Download the Foreign Office prisoner pack.


July - Greece

Article on laws in the country 

July's country of the month is Greece - read about the things you may not have known about in relation to being travel aware! 

Prisoner pack and link to FCO – foreign office advice

Check out FCO travel - travel advice from the Foreign Office.

You can download the Foreign Office's prisoner pack for our Travel Aware country. 

Case studies /Quotes 

“I would like to give appreciation for all your support … and especially for helping my family to visit. It was amazing to see them even if only for 20 minutes. In that time we could discuss your support and how it helped us to understand what we will be going through after my release. We believe that we couldn’t make it without your help and support. Thank you.” –A prisoner in Greece


June - Croatia

Article on laws in country

Our Travel Aware country of the month is Croatia! Read our article about what to look out for if you're out there. 

Should you be arrested in Croatia, you can learn more about which steps to take next here.

For more travel tips and advice, discover other countries in Prisoners Abroad’s Travel Aware campaign.

Prisoner pack and link to FCO – foreign office advice

Our Travel Aware country of the month is Croatia!

Going to a festival out there? Read FCO travel - travel advice from the Foreign Office before you do. 

Or check out student ambassador Olivia's blog about drugs at festivals.

Prisoner Pack - The Foreign Office has published updated guidance for British prisoners in our Travel Aware country of the month Croatia.


May - Morocco

Morocco Needs More Prisons to Accommodate Soaring Number of Inmates, Official Says.

During an intervention at the Justice, Legislation and Human Rights Commission in the House of Councilors, Morocco’s upper house of the Parliament, Mohamed Saleh Tamek, the Delegate General of the Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration, revealed that the number of inmates in the country has exceeded 80,000 prisoners.
Find out more: http://ow.ly/huWR30cjHq0

Article on laws in the country

Be #TravelAware: Morocco – Diverse Natural Beauty, Cultural Attractions, and Unique Laws.

Visit our website to find out what to look out for in Morocco.

Travel Aware

Travelling to Morocco can be an incredibly diverse and rewarding experience – although care should be taken to #TravelAware.

To find out more about safe travel, have a look at Prisoners Abroad’s Travel Aware campaign.

Prisoner pack and link to FCO – foreign office advice

Morocco foreign travel advice

Morocco prisoner pack

Case Studies/Quotes

In the words of a family member of a man detained in Morocco:

‘He left when his son was 3 months old, now his son has met him and is able to identify him as his dad… Our daughter is very close with her dad; this keeps me going knowing that once a year she will be able to see her father’.

To read the story of Ray Cole, a Briton imprisoned in Morocco for homosexuality, click here.