I am an Australian citizen who found
himself in a nightmare called Phuket
Prison for 1 yr in 2014.
During that time UK prisoners
received copies of the Prisoners
Abroad Newsletter. These mags were
shared around to the other foreign
prisoners as the UK guys finished
reading them. The stories in your
magazine and the letters from other
prisoners abroad helped us feel less
isolated, less abandoned and less
Phuket Regional Prison is rated as
the second worst prison in Thailand.
Built to hold 800 prisoners, in 2014
the prisoner numbers went over
3000. The conditions for prisoners
are inhumane. 350 prisoners are
crammed into a room of 240 square
metres for 15 hrs a day. Because of
poor management and corruption
some 200+ prisoners miss out on food
at every meal due to food shortages.
Medicine is non-existent, beatings by
prison officers are a daily event, and
disease is rife.
I am back in Australia after waiting
for 12 months in that hell-hole to
be found not guilty but not before
my lawyer disappeared with my
bail money, I was beaten by a crazy
prisoner and threatened with death by
some unhappy ATM robbers. When I
entered the prison I was 84 kilos and
was down to 46 kilos upon my release.
After 6 months of eating a healthy
delicious diet my weight is up to 92
kilos. Sadly I still have ongoing health
issues that require constant visits to
doctors and specialists.
My day of release will remain with me
as one of the greatest days of my life
but some days I do feel for the foreign
and Thai prisoners I left behind in that
Please keep up the great work you
guys at Prisoners Abroad are doing
and thank you from all the foreign
prisoners, not just the UK guys. Your
work touches all.