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Joe Doherty is from Belfast. He left school at fourteen and was interned during 1972 at age seventeen on the Maidstone Prison Ship and in Long Kesh Internment Camp. He was arrested and imprisoned in the Provisional IRA Cages (Compounds The Maze and Long Kesh Prison) from 1973 to 1979. He was re-arrested and escaped from Crumlin Road Gaol in 1981 was on the run in the USA then imprisoned in a US Federal Prison for nine years. In 1992 he was extradited and sent to the H blocks (the Maze and Long Kesh Prison) where he studied for five GCSEs and an A Level before starting an Open University degree in 1994. Joe was released in 1999 studied the final course for his degree and graduated with an honours degree in Social Sciences in 2000. He worked in the community and with young people gaining twenty six different accreditations in Youth and Community Work. In 2011 at the time of interview he worked for Coiste na nIarchimí and with other Republican and Loyalist ex-prisoner groups on the Consortium on Dealing with the Past.
Metadata describing this person
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Republican
Project person ID: 018_S
Interviewee role: studied in prison, 1994-1999
Location where studied: H Blocks The Maze and Long Kesh