Images courtesy of Pablo Allison
In July 2019 Pablo Allison was detained and imprisoned in an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detention centre in the USA where he spent one month. During his time in prison, he was able to document the lives of migrants in detention through observational sketches made by him, alongside, texts and interviews from other fellow detainees.
The Detainee Handbook aims to offer a small view into the lives of people stuck and locked into the detention/prison system of the USA, an industry that has profited vastly from this human tragedy, off the backs of millions of people trying to find a better life.
Pablo Allison was born in Manchester, UK and grew up in Mexico City. Allison’s work explores control, reclusion, displacement, freedom, entrapment and migration. He currently lives and works between Latin America and Europe.