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Japan: frozen time, frozen days

// Series of testimonials “a day in prison” (4)

In prison, days follow one another but are not always identicals. The conditions of detention, the rhythm of the days, the possibility of receiving visits, medical treatment, the food, or still the access to the right for the defense, vary considerably from a prison to another one, from a country to the other one. Prison Insider publish testimonies of people which live or lived in prison and can share their experience.This series of testimonies “A day in prison” puts in words the various realities of the confinement all around the world.

Geoffrey is a British citizen. He is currently incarcerated in Osaka prison, in Japan. He is 61 years-old and is being imprisoned abroad since 2010. He tells, for Prison Insider, what a day in a Japanese prison looks like. But not any day: weekends and holidays, when time seems to stop. Frozen time for frozen days, behind the walls.

This testimonial has been collected with the collaboration of Prisoners Abroad. (See below for more details)

Firstly, let me explain why I’ve separated weekend, and ‘holidays’ in all their various forms, from the regular working days of the week.

That there is quite a considerable amount of unaccounted-for time is obvious.

The general atmosphere that pervades the ‘foreigners’ section is one of suppressed frustration and resentment.

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