Prisoners Abroad is a UK-registered charity which supports British citizens who are imprisoned overseas. It also works with ex-prisoners returning to the UK and with families members and friends of those detained. The organisation aims to provide for the basic welfare needs of Britons who are held in developing countries by providing a grant for food and other essentials. The charity also provides English-language reading material and operates a pen-pal scheme.
Prisoners Abroad was formed in 1978 by Craig Feehan, Joe Parham, Chris Cheal and Bob Nightingale - all had been staff at another British charity, Release. Initially it worked with Britons held mainly in Turkey, central Asia and north Africa. It now works with over 1600 people a year, with prisoners in over 70 countries.
The Craig Feehan Fund, which was founded after Craig's death in 1984, provides the successful applicant with a monthly sum of money for essentials such as bedding, food, clothing, toiletries, vitamins, newspapers and other correspondence. This fund provides help to those who are desitute and have no other source of income.
In 2007 Prisoners Abroad was awarded The Longford Prize, awarded annually by the Longford Trust to "recognise the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform who/which has shown outstanding qualities of humanity, courage, persistence and originality".
In UK terms, Prisoners Abroad is a small to medium sized charity, with an annual turnover of just less than £1 million.
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