In October 2010 Evan Whitehall left Cashmere, Washington for a life of surfing and adventure in Nicaragua. 4 months later he was in prison, facing a 3 year sentence for marijuana possession. In the end he was incarcerated in the Central American country for 14 months, a harrowing tale recounted in his newly penned memoir “409 Days”, which will be released soon.
KOHO’s Isaac Kaplan-Woolner sat down with Whitehall for an extended interview about his experiences surviving in prison, securing his eventual release, and adjusting back to life in the United States. The interview has been broken up into a three part series.
So today we present to you a first look at “409 Days”, and Evan Whitehall’s time locked up in Nicaragua, starting with the author reading a passage from the book set soon after he was first arrested.
In tomorrow’s segment we will get more in depth with Whitehall about his time in prison in Nicaragua, how he dealt with violence, and what he learned about himself from these experiences.