Long Road to Recovery For Schapelle Corby – Hope 103.2

Long Road to Recovery For Schapelle Corby

The release of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby’s prompted a media frenzy outside Korobakan Prison this week.As Schapelle emerged into the media scrum with her face covered, it was clear that she will face intense media scrutiny in the days, weeks and years ahead.While Schapelle will have to deal with many of the same challenges […]

By Katrina RoeFriday 7 Feb 2014Hope MorningsSocial JusticeReading Time: 1 minute

The release of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby’s prompted a media frenzy outside Korobakan Prison this week.

As Schapelle emerged into the media scrum with her face covered, it was clear that she will face intense media scrutiny in the days, weeks and years ahead.

While Schapelle will have to deal with many of the same challenges as other prisoners, Forensic and Criminal Psycholgist, Sandy Rea says this public interest places a lot more pressure on Schapelle as she adjusts to life outside prison.

“She’s been thrust into a celebrity status which she never asked for.  So I think there’s also going to be a lot of resentment ultimately for all the intrusion that the media and the public are going to have in her life.”

“Life in gaol is very structured, is very organised, decisions are made for you, so you become a fairly dependent personality.  She’s had no rehabilitation, no transitional prison, so it’s going to be very, very difficult for her to immediately adjust.”

Sandy Rea says it’s common for prisoners to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that accessing quality psychological care will be important to Schapelle’s long-term recovery.

 

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“I think there will be a lot of grief associated with all those lost years and in fact, that is something that all prisoners face is the grief and the loss of their life.”