Picture it in Prison

’It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside the jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.’ - Nelson Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom.

Worldwide there are nearly half a million foreign national prisoners. Many of them face difficulties because they do not understand or speak the language that is used in prison.

For Prison Watch, we illustrated a picture dictionary for foreign national prisoners. Picture it in Prison is developed to help foreign national prisoners in their communication with other prisoners and prison staff. By pointing items prisoners can express themselves and learn a foreign language. The visuals show (among other things) the international rights prisoners have, trial procedures and prison rules. All illustrations were made by Tjeerd Royaards.

The picture dictionary consists of over 330 different pictures. Picture it in Prison can be ordered by sending an e-mail to: prisonwatch@prisonwatch.org.