Renae Lawrence Campaign Information
Name: Renae Lawrence

Born: October 1977

Nationality: Wallsend, Newcastle, Australia

Sentence: Currently serving a 20 year sentence in Indonesia.

Offence: Police arrested her with three packets of heroin weighing 2.689 kilograms strapped to her body.

Case Info: Renae Lawrence was born in October 1977. She is the only female among the nine Australians arrested in Bali found guilty of attempting to import a total of 8.3 kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia. She accused Australian Andrew Chan of threatening her life if she did not continue with the plan to import drugs. Indonesian prosecutors intially recommended Renae to receive a lighter sentence if convicted due to her early cooperation with police. On 13 February 2006, judges imposed a higher sentence - life. Renae's lawyer Anggia Lubis formally lodged an appeal on February 16, 2006. Her original life sentence was reduced to 20 years.

Photo: Renae in court. Copyright: The Age.
Court appeal: "I would like to say to you [judges] and your country [Indonesia] that I am sincerely sorry for what I have done. I need you to understand why I did it and ask for the mercy of this court. I'm guilty of carrying this stuff to Australia, but I'm not guilty of owning, selling or anything else because Andrew Chan owns it, not me." Renae Lawerence.

How you can Help: Renae would very much welcome letters from people throughout the world. This would help her maintain a positive outlook for the future. If you feel inclined to write to her then please do at the address below.

Write a letter of support:

    Normal sized letters and care packages can be sent to her directly at the prison.

    LPM Kerobokan
    Renae Lawrence [Australian]
    Jl. Tangkuban Perahu
    Kerobokan, Denpasar 80117

Important Notice
Please be advised that those people sending letters to Kay Danes at Kerobokan Prison should discontinue because she is NOT a prisoner. Rather, Kay Danes is a Prisoner advocate based in Australia. Please do not address any more mail to Kay Danes at Kerobokan Prison, Bali. If you would like to write to her this is the address:

    Kay Danes
    PO Box 391
    Capalaba QLD 4157

Visitation: Prisoners in Kerobokan are allowed visitors everyday except on Sunday. Most love to have a visit from somebody who can look beyond their situation and see them as real human beings. Life in an Asian prison is difficult, and more so when you have no one to help you with even the most basic needs.

Visiting hours at Kerobokan: Tuesday to Friday: 9.00am - 12.00 and 1.30pm - 3.00pm (Saturday 1/2 day AM visit only)

List of basic items visitors can bring on a visit day;

  • Financial support is critical for anyone in an Asian jail. If you can spare some local currency [Rupiah] then this would be appreciated. It's best to give your contribution to the prisoner with as much discretion as possible, mainly so other prisoners won't see.
  • Fresh fruit, salads and bread, pizza, roast chicken
  • Aussie foods - sweets, biscuits, health food bars, BBQ sauce
  • Health Drinks, milk, cordial [preferably Raspberry]
  • Reading materials - Newspapers, magazines, comic books, puzzle books, self development books, CD's.
  • Australian Cigarettes [used for bartering]
  • Canned food/rice, fresh vegetables etc…
  • Any of the items below [see care packages].

    Care Package items.

    Please make sure all items are appropriately packaged and sealed before sending to the prison. Don't forget to include your name and contact details so the prisoner knows who sent these items and where to send a thank you!

  • Reading materials - Newspapers, magazines, comic books, puzzle books, self development books, CD's, postcards;
  • Australian Cigarettes [used for bartering]
  • Toiletries, Toothpaste/toothbrush, soap, shampoo and conditioner, dental floss;
  • Laundry powder [Tip: Sard soap bar is lighter.]
  • Tinea Cream, Dettol, Savlon, Chap sticks [dry lips], cracked heal cream [Tip: sachets], Bandaids, Cotton Buds, Wet ones [refresher towels], ear plugs,
  • Mosquito coils & Repellent [RID]
  • Oil of Cloves [toothache]
  • Cold Sore Cream, lip balm, moisturisers; prickly heat powder;
  • Chux wipes
  • Cotton T-shirts [Size 14/ or L], shorts, singlets, sarongs
  • Thongs [size 9] / flip flops
  • Hats [baseball type caps]

    Tips on visiting at Kerobokan

    If you plan to go to Bali and want a reliable taxi driver who is well known to FPSS and takes very good care of foreigners travelling to Bali, then consider calling Simon on mobile phone number 0817367301 or to arrange prior from mobile in your country (+ 62 817367301). Simon works for the Blue Bird Taxi Group [Call 0361701111] which is considered the safest and most reliable taxi service in Bali.

    Before going to the prison:

  • Photo copy your photograph page of your passport to use at checkpoint.
  • Don't take in any valuables
  • If you have something to sit on ie: a mat, then take it as there is limited seating available.

    At the prison:

  • A donation to enter the jail is expected. 15 000 rupiah. [Roughly 7 000 rupiah = $1 Australian dollar]
  • At the outside through the steel entrance to the left you will see police who will register your name and details. Best you write down the name of the prisoner you wish to visit and state that you are either family or friend.
  • The police will need to check any items that you intend to take inside. Watch this process carefully. Sometimes a share of the item is asked for. Cigarettes are a favourite but the police don't appear to like Australian/Western cigarettes.
  • Make sure you don't have anything in your bag that will compromise a prisoner. Don't take pills, tablets or other medications in purses or handbags. Avoid taking any of these in at all.
  • At the wooden doors, knock and a guard will open the door. Inside on the right is a guard's desk. Here you will present a copy of your passport. Leave your mobile phone, camera here which are retrievable on leaving. Have Rp 5000 ready to pay the guard who is recording your details, and the prisoner's name in a sign on book.
  • The guard then takes your ID etc and gives you the name slip and a plastic card (one plastic card for each visitor in your group - sometimes). A guard will open the large steel door to allow you into the next section.

    Inside the prison:

  • Once inside Kerobokan prison, you will find a checking room or just a simple wooden desk to the right. Guards here will inspect your packages - if they attempt to take something then be assertive but polite, smile and say "No that is for [name of prisoner] and take it back. They may also go through your handbag etc. They generally do not conduct body searches this is a corner in the room with curtains, if this is demanded.
  • Go straight ahead towards the other steel gate where someone will be waiting to open it. At the same time, you will find drink fellows with mats will appear. Ignore them until you are ready to speak with them. Pick one person to deal with and remember him and get his name. Deal only with this person not several or you will be paying out more rupiah than you need too.
  • Show the guards the prisoners name slip - produce another Rp 5000 and here they perform another check of goods for the prisoner. The brown slip with the prisoner's name will be given to a fellow who goes to the cell to call the prisoner.
  • Meanwhile the drink fellow will be waiting to guide you to someplace in the old garden area now under reconstruction or other visiting area, attempting to make you comfortable with the mat and drinks. Wait for the prisoner to come - usually up to ten minutes unless the prisoner knows before hand.
  • Costs: 1000 for mat, soft drink box (not usually paid for?), 3000 for water, 5000 for soft drink or mizone. It is not compulsory to buy any drinks or use any mats or soft drink box.
  • Sometimes after about half an hour visit, a couple of prisoners will come asking for payment for extra time - usually Rp 1000 will suffice, however it is best to pay rather than argue on the grounds of fairness that you have just arrived or have already paid when you entered for the visit. Seems the more you pay/give the more is demanded. Also it has been known that the prisoner gets hit up for the costs at the end of the visit if not paid. Generally your prisoner will advise you.
  • At the end of the visit, hand in plastic card at the front desk and collect your mobile, camera and passport or copy.
  • On leaving there is a Rp 1000 parking fee to pay.

    Australian Consulate-General
    Jalan Hayam Wuruk No 88B
    Tanjung Bungkak
    Denpasar, Bali 80234.
    Email (general enquiries):

    Office hours: 0800-1200 and 1245-1600 Monday-Friday.
    Postal address - PO Box 3243, Denpasar Bali
    Telephone - (+62 361) 283011 or 283241

    The Australian Government

    The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
    8 Darwin Avenue
    Yarralumla, ACT 2600
    Phone : (+61 2) 6250 8600
    Fax : (+61 2) 6273 6017

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