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By Cullen Thomas .
A young American guy travels to South Korea to teach English .
He gets talked in to bouncing over to the P.I. to score some hashish , and bring it back to Seoul , which he does .
He also gets caught , and sent to a South Korean prison for 3 1/2 years .
Sometimes dark , but really interesting , reviews on this book were mixed , but I loved it .
The show " Locked up abroad " , did a piece about his story .
The piece was disappointing , the book is not .
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Hey, I read that book too. Guy was dumb enough to mail drugs to himself from Phils and then go to post-office in Korea to pick it up the package. Glad his girlfriend got away cus she was innocent.
Generally, I love true life prison tales, especially those involving Anglos getting locked-up in foreign prisons. I've read 5 which partially took place in Thai prisons (including one successful escape), 1 from Indonesia, and the one you mentioned from South Korea. I've also read a few by US cons/ex-cons about US penitentiary and justice system.
Actually, you can learn a lot about a country from its prison system and how things go down on the inside. I think doing time in Korea would be very hard to tolerate cus you have to sleep in a cold cell during the winter with minimal covering and the activities are very limited. In the main Thai prisons, there's a lot going on with foreigners from all over the world, a big underground economy and lots of activities during the day. With a bit of money, you can buy a bit better conditions including servants/helper prisoners from 3rd world countries. And overall, it doesn't sound very violent if you don't start things. A US medium security or above prison is going to feel like a huge step-up from the squalor of a Thai prison. But once you have to deal with the constant threat of extreme violence, you'll probably prefer a Thai prison; unless of course you're a super bad ass yourself.