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 the second installment on “409 Days”, and Evan Whitehall’s time locked up in Nicaragua, starting with the author reading a passage from the book on violence he witnessed while incarcerated. A warning to more sensitive listeners—today’s interview concerns violent and at times graphic topics.
In tomorrow’s final segment we will talk with Whitehall about finally coming home from being locked up abroad, how he has dealt with the trauma, and what he learned about himself from the experience.