- Assisting People Incarcerated in Oversea's Prisons
The experiences of foreign prisoners are many & varied. Following are some real life stories & also some books & films written by or about foreign prisoners & their experiences in the prison system. Some of these experiences are brutal, some speak of hope in the face of adversity, all of them speak of human rights abuses which must be changed.

Note: The F.P.S.S in some cases is unable to verify the authenticity the stories below. In most cases we have taken all effort to verify the material before publishing, however in cases where the experiences have been based on recollections of individuals we can only assure ourselves of the intent of the material. The material published below is intended to give the reader an insight into the experiences of prisoners in overseas prisons.


  • Prison Letters Letters received from Inmates Jack Kamuhuza and Moses Zama

  • Inside Chiang Mai Women's Correctional Institution houses just under 2,300 women between the ages of eighteen and eighty three, and is the only female-only penitentiary institution in the north of Thailand

  • Prison proves no bar to friendship Visiting an inmate of a Texas jail sounds like an offbeat way to spend long service leave, but not to ABC producer Paul McIntyre. He finally met Jason, a young prisoner with whom he'd struck up a friendship via correspondence....

  • Freedom has come at last to Andrew Mallard! In a surprise move, one week out from the directions hearing to determine if Andrew was to go to a re-trial - the DPP has formally dropped the murder charges against Andrew. He was released from Casuarina Maximum Security Prison in Western Australia at 6.20pm on 20 February 2006. Just short of 12 years of unjust imprisonment has come to an end.
  • The Terence Donaldson Story - Letter from a man who has just been released after serving three out of fours years in the prison HMP Glendairy, Barbados where there was a riot and the prison burned down. - UPDATE: New story released by Terence Donaldson

    Deadman Talkin' is a serie of columns, written by Dean Carter who is currently on death row, in San Quentin Prison. Read Column 1 for a brief introduction to the prisoner who is writing these columns and providing a first hand eyewitness account of life on death here to read the latest column

  • Death Row in Nigeria - Former death row prisoner in Nigeria describes torment
  • The State is Not Immune - The Trus story of a Briton on a Bahrain Prison
  • Prisoner Stories from Singapore - Real Life Prison Stories from the Singapore Correections Website
  • Children in Siberian Gulag - Photo Essay on Children imprisoned in Siberian Gulags
  • Released from a Japanese Prison - Life in the Fuchu hellhole [Japan Prison]
  • The Real Bangkok Hilton - Inside the Bangkok Hilton BBC Story
  • Imprisoned - Life Inside One of Cambodia’s Worst Prisons
  • Thai Prison - Visiting Lee Williams
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment - What happens when you put good people in an evil place? Does humanity win over evil, or does evil triumph?
  • Path to Survival - By Kay Danes
  • Yvonne Randall Story - an innocent woman imprisoned in Abu Dhabi
  • Nightmare in Laos - Kay Danes - Read about Kay's experiences here
    Focus Article - Sound of Torture - Kay Danes Website
  • Kenneth Chikwendu - An innocent man serving 40 years.
  • A Visit to the Ladies Prison - by Martin
  • Holly Dean-Johns - An Australian Woman in the Bangkok Hilton!

  • In The Quiet Land - Poems by Political Prisoner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Prisoners in Paradise - The Jonathon Wheeler Story.
  • Got a Waterproof Pen? - Story by Garth Hattan.
  • Prison Injustice - Indian Engeneer in prison in Abu Dhabi
  • Sth African gran tells of hell in Thai prison - Story about Gladys Naidoo
  • Locked up in a Foreign Land - BBC News Story
  • What is Torture? - By Bo Kyi
  • Pix from inside Bang Kwang - Life on the inside.
  • Doing time in a foreign jail - Life on the inside.
  • Russian Prison Tattoos - amazing graphics from Russian prisons.
  • Brian (Kop) Homepage - 100 years in Bang Kwang
  • 60 Min Bangkok Hilton - Transcript of interviews with Robert Foley, Bobby Halliwell and Lyle Doniger

  • By Kay Danes

    By Warren Fellows

    Chris Parnell

    Hells Prisoner

    Welcome to Hell

    Return to Paradise

  • A woman survives famed Iran prison - Marina Nemat was 16 years old when she received a death sentence in Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran. Only seconds before the squad raised its rifles to fire, one of the prison guards scrambled over to her waving a commuted sentence. Instead of death, she must spend the rest of her life in prison.
  • Deliver us from Evil - Book by Kay Danes on her experiences in prison in Laos.
  • Nightmare in Laos - Kay Danes endured brutal interrogations and witnessed the torture of other prisoners, including her husband. Her journey is remarkably inspiring as she continues fighting for the political prisoners she was forced to leave behind, in a place dubbed 'Hell on the Earth'.

  • The Damage Done - Warren Fellows - Macmillan Publications

  • 4000 Days - Warren Fellows - Published by St Martin's Press.
    ---Click Here to read a selection from the book 4000 Days

  • Shantaram -Shantaram is an epic story spanning more than a decade of life on the run, large in every way – over 900 pages, real not only because it was, but also by the gifted writer at the helm, who’s talent and awesome ability leap forth from the first page and that promise of great holds through with the novel’s end. It is a masterpiece; intelligent, thrilling, romantic, philosophical, humor and outright horror – Shantaram has it all!

  • Lifesentence in Thailand, the story of Pedro Ruijzing'. - a book by Pedro Ruijzing who spent many years inside Bangkwang prison. Pedro has given all the profits of the book to PrisonLIFE Foundation. Click Here to Purchase

  • Justice Denied - Aaron Cohen's Story - by Paul Little - Allen Unwin
  • The Tiger Who Smiled - Book written about Lorraine & Aaron Cohen.
  • Bang Kwang Times (Feb 2000 issue) - The only magazine in the world that has to be smuggled out to its subscribers.
  • The Sunday Smuggler - Book by Chrstopher Parnell about his experiences in Indonesian Prisons.
  • Forget You Have a Daughter - Book by Sandra Gregory of her time in a Thailand Prison.
  • First They Killed My Father
    Subtitled: A daughter of Cambodia remembers
    - by Loung Ung - ISBN 0-06-019332-8
  • Traumland Alptraum - Im Namen Allahs (Translated means: Dreamland Nightmare - In the Name of Allah) - The book tells a true story about a German citizen who got arrested in Abu Dhabi. As his employer a Sheikh from the Muktoum Clan Dubai - leaves a sum of nearly 80 Mio.$ unpaid and all office employees were arrested. That was just the beginning of the nightmare. The documentary filmmaker and author tells not only his own story but presents a lot of other human rights violation of other prisoners in the UAE, as well as pointing his finger at the man behind all the suffering in the jails. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan , his father is the President of the UAE, is guilty, so the author says, of keeping many prisoners are in the dark as well as being fully responsible of the torture in the C.I.D. jail. Unfortunately the book is not translated yet into English.
  • Welcome to Hell - by Colin Martin - ISBN 0-09548707-7-8
    An Irishman's Fight for Life Inside the Bangkok Hilton
    Written from his cell and smuggled out page by page, Colin Martin’s autobiography chronicles an innocent man’s struggle to survive inside one of the world’s most dangerous prisons. After being swindled out of a fortune, Colin was let down by the hopelessly corrupt Thai police. Forced to rely upon his own resources, he tracked down the man who conned him and, drawn into a fight, accidentally stabbed and killed that man’s bodyguard. Colin was arrested, denied a fair trial, convicted of murder and thrown into prison – where he remained for 8 years. Welcome to Hell is the remarkable story of how Colin was denied justice again and again. In this extraordinary account he describes the swindle, his arrest and vicious torture by police, the unfair trial, and the 8 years of brutality and squalor he was forced to endure.

    Updated Information - Welcome to Hell is released in Britain, Australia, Thailand and New Zealand in the 2006. The book has remained in the top five of the Irish bestsellers charts since it was released in May 2005. Written from his cell and smuggled out page by page, Colin Martin's autobiography chronicles an innocent man's struggle to survive inside one of the world's most dangerous prisons. - View & Purchase the book at this Website

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  • By Warren Fellows

    By Sandra Gregory

    By Gregory David Roberts

    By Colin Martin


  • Carandiru - Film about the one of the worlds worse prison riots in Brazil.
  • Bangkok Hilton - Film (and Book) of Barlow & Chambers story.
  • Midnight Express - Film of Turkish prison system.
  • Return To Paradise - 1998 Film - Two men discover that an old friend has been sentenced to death for drugs that they all used on a spree in Malasia.
  • Brokedown Palace - 1999 Film - The dream of a lifetime ends up in life imprisonment when two naive women vacationing in Bangkok fall for a charmer.
  • Bangkok Hilton - 1989 Mini Series staring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving & Denholm Elliot.
  • White Dragon : Two - A Royal Laotian Army Commando's Escape from Laos
  • Ghosts ... of the civil dead - 1988 Australian film about treatment of prisoners starring Nick Cave.
  • Everynight Everynight - True Story Australian film about the notorious Pentridge H Division.
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