Prisoners

Prisoners

As a human rights defender or journalist you might be aware of your risk to be arrested. And yet, preparing for prison might feel irritating. How could you ever prepare for this? You can … by building your resilience, by establishing empowering practices of wellbeing in your everyday life.

And maybe you are not a human rights defender, but happen to be detained unjustly, unlawfully for offences, which you did not commit, or which should be everybody's human right?

So, all too often imprisonment is not anythiny you had time to prepare for. Your partners, your lawyers or friends still might have the opportunity to pass on ideas on how to cope with the situation you are in.

The following collection of practices of well-being, survival and coping in prison tell a range of stories and experiences. Feel free to take up, adjust, or dismiss them for your own context and use.

PREPARING FOR DETENTION

PREPARING FOR DETENTION

Inspiration for what to do before ...

Routines of well-being

Creating caring and empowering regular practices

Knowing a little bit of psychology

Stress and trauma are natural reaction to unnormal situations

Create support networks

Who will do what, if you get detained

Preparing the family

Enhancing the resilience of your next ones

Understanding the dangers

Risk analysis

Prepare your digital devices

Decide, what your phone and computer can share without your consent

DURING DETENTION OR ARREST

DURING DETENTION OR ARREST

How to survive and care?

Staying calm - avoiding harm

Non-threatening but firm behaviour

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL

TAKE CARE OF YOUR SOUL

Inspiration for how to care for your inside

Feeling strong

Respecting and demanding respect

They feel threatened, too

Nonviolent approach towards guards and officers

Inner step back

When guards enter your cell

Don't look down!

Little steps of raising our moods

One day at a time

Also long weeks, months, years are made of next days

Check for loopholes

Prison and legal systems are permeable

Writing diary

Creating space for reflection

Laughing is key

Positive emotions despite all odds

Books

Escaping the reality of detention

Care for your cell

Your spaces in the space which is not yours

Singing and humming

Comforting melodies

Singing in the yard

Hearing your own loud voice

Talk about it

Debriefing with inmates

Feeling togetherness

Meeting routines over distance

(Un-)Emotional times

Creating space for feelings

Enjoy!?!

Allowing yourself positive feelings

Soothing mechanisms

Stopping bad thoughts

Daydreams are soulfood

Getting your mind out of prison

Supporting others ...

... can support yourself

Acknowledging feelings

Not punishing ourselves

Creativity!

Creating your own visibility

Prepare for the unexpected

Reduce your stress

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY

Inspiration for how to care for your outside

Losing weight and energy

Normalities of extreme stress

Breathing exercises

From your body to your soul

Feeding our senses

Providing our own sensory input

Catch the sun

Light and warmth

Sports - Sports - Sports

Finding the balance

The tiger in the cage

The danger of hospitalism

Hygiene

Avoid getting sick

TAKE CARE OF YOUR INMATES

TAKE CARE OF YOUR INMATES

Inspiration for how to care for your inmates surrounding you

Choosing your inmates

Importance of staying with trusted inmates

Stay safe

What to tell your cellmates

TAKE CARE OF THE ONES OUTSIDE

TAKE CARE OF THE ONES OUTSIDE

Inspiration for how to care for your family, friends and supporters

Taking care of them outside ...

... means taking care of yourself inside

Talking with family afterwards

Understanding what happened inside

Open letters

Telling your story outside

AFTER-CARE

AFTER-CARE

Inspiration for what to do after the release

Good things to continue: Well-being routines

Outside life is exhausting too

Staying in contact with former inmates

only if it is not harmful for them or you

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