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The Secret Life of Prisons is produced by a charity, the Prison Radio Association. To make a donation please visit prison.radio/donate. The podcast tells the hidden stories from behind bars. Paula Harriott is Head of Prisoner Engagement for the Prison Reform Trust. She spent time behind bars and now works to help those who have been to prison to contribute to the debate around crime and justice. Phil Maguire is the Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association. He's worked in prisons for a ...
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Double Bubble

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Double Bubble is a nail-biting five-part prison drama about loan sharks. Experience the tough reality of prison life, and the difficult decisions which force Mark down a dark path he quickly regrets… If you or someone you know are affected by loan sharks, call 0300 555 2222. Double Bubble is produced by the multi award-winning Prison Radio Association, in partnership with the Stop Loan Sharks campaign. Written and voiced by Carl Cattermole. Produced by Katie Bilboa. Mastering by Steve Wyatt. ...
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Future Prison

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A series of extraordinary conversations between people who have been in prison and senior staff from HM Prison and Probation Service. The aim of these conversations is to improve the way we deal with crime and justice, particularly for young people, women, and black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
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The Brief: Prison Law Explained

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The Brief is a legal show, broadcast into prison cells in England and Wales on National Prison Radio. It is a chance for listeners to get their legal questions answered, with subjects ranging from parole, to lost property and appeals. It is hosted by Hilary Ineomo-Marcus, who has served a prison sentence, and solicitor and prison law expert Claire Salama. Funded by The Law Society. For more information about National Prison Radio visit www.prison.radio and to donate visit www.justgiving.com/ ...
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Humane Justice

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The podcast which examines the place of kindness, hope and compassion within the justice system. It tells personal stories that show how these very values are saving lives on a daily basis. Each episode is a chapter taken from a book called Humane Justice, published by the charity Khulisa as part of the Monument Fellowship - a collective of eight organisations that work together to transform the journeys people take through our justice system. You can download the book for free at www.khulis ...
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Windrush Stories

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Windrush Stories is a collection of full-length interviews from members of 'the Windrush Generation'. People who became known as the Windrush Generation began arriving in the UK from the Caribbean nations in the 1940s. They travelled to embark on a new life helping rebuild the 'Mother Country' during the post-war period. This generation, and their children and grandchildren, have significantly influenced British society through sport, politics, art, poetry, literature, language, food, and mo ...
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"UNSHACKLED" is a web show and podcast that addresses issues that are considered taboo or ignored or forgotten by society buried under the dust of the U.S. justice system and digital algorithms. The show Unshackles the guests that are wrongfully imprisoned for alleged crimes that they maintain they did not commit. They share their true experiences, the other side of the story, that is either ignored or not reported at all. UNSHACKLED with Imran airs on LFXTV.com and on J107.net Justice Radio.
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The Secret Life of Prisons is produced by a charity, the Prison Radio Association. To make a donation please visit prison.radio/donate. -- Last week we heard the story of Hilary, who grew up in the UK and has a British wife and children. After receiving a prison sentence, he almost got deported to Nigeria, a country with which he barely has any con…
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The Secret Life of Prisons is produced by a charity, the Prison Radio Association. To make a donation please visit prison.radio/donate. -- Hilary Ineomo-Marcus was days away from release from HMP Brixton in 2014 when he found out that he wasn't going home. His immigration status was being questioned and he was being considered for deportation. Hila…
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The Secret Life of Prisons is produced by a charity, the Prison Radio Association. To make a donation please visit prison.radio/donate. -- Alcohol tags, or sobriety tags, have been being trialled as a way of dealing with alcohol-related disorder for some years. Now, increasingly, they're being given to people released from prison on licence as a wa…
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The Secret Life of Prisons is produced by a charity, the Prison Radio Association. To make a donation please visit prison.radio/donate. -- The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 introduced a fast-track process for delivering justice that deal with the most minor summary offences. It's called the Single Justice Prodcedure, and at the time it was s…
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The Secret Life of Prisons is produced by a charity, the Prison Radio Association. To make a donation please visit prison.radio/donate. -- In February 2024 a report on conditions in HMP Bedford by HM Inspectorate of Prisons described the prison as holding people in "some of the worst conditions the inspectors had ever seen". The inspectors issued a…
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The Secret Life of Prisons starts a new era on Monday, with the first of our all-new weekly episodes. Every Monday Phil and Paula will be dropping into your feed to bring you the the insights of people live in prisons, who work in prisons, and who study prisons. We'll be updating you on the latest developments in prisons and criminal justice and he…
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Happy Christmas from The Secret Life of Prisons! On Wednesday 22 November 2023, Rory Stewart delivered the annual Longford Lecture at Church House in Westminster. And like every year, National Prison Radio was there to broadcast the lecture into prison cells across England and Wales. For this special edition of The Secret Life of Prisons, Phil and …
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Phil and Paula speak to the two presenters of BBC Radio 4's series Behind the Crime. Dr. Sally Tilt and Dr. Kerensa Hocken have decades of experience working in prisons as forensic psychologists. HM Prison and Probation Service is the biggest employer of forensic psychologists in the UK, and this episode looks at the role they play in people's path…
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In 2021, the legendary TV screenwriter Jimmy McGovern released a three-part drama set in a men's prison, called Time on BBC1. In 2023, he followed it up with a brand new series set in a women's prison. Like the first series, it was widely said to be the most realistic depiction of the complexity and nuance of prison life ever seen on British televi…
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1 in 7 adults in prison were experiencing homelessness before entering custody, and fewer than half of people released from prison last year had settled accommodation on release. But what do we know about women who experience homelessness? Phil and Paula have teamed up with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact to bring you a…
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1 in 7 adults in prison were experiencing homelessness before entering custody, and fewer than half of people released from prison last year had settled accommodation on release. But what if you’re living in another country from where you were born and things start going wrong? Phil and Paula have teamed up with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre…
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1 in 7 adults in prison were experiencing homelessness before entering custody, and fewer than half of people released from prison last year had settled accommodation on release. Many had a less than perfect start in life, finding themselves in care. There seems to be a clear link between growing up in care and experiencing homelessness. Phil and P…
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1 in 7 adults in prison were homeless before entering custody, and fewer than half of people released from prison last year had settled accommodation on release. Phil and Paula have teamed up with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact to bring you this brand news series looking at the intertwined issues of homelessness, socia…
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1 in 7 adults in prison were homeless before entering custody, and fewer than half of people released from prison last year had settled accommodation on release. Phil and Paula have teamed up with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact to bring you this brand news series looking at the intertwined issues of homelessness, socia…
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1 in 7 adults in prison were homeless before entering custody, and fewer than half of people released from prison last year had settled accommodation on release. Phil and Paula have teamed up with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact to bring you this brand news series looking at the intertwined issues of homelessness, socia…
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Phil and Paula introduce a VERY special show for Christmas. Lady Unchained is one of the best-known voices behind bars. She's the host of Free Flow - a weekly show on National Prison Radio that encouranges listeners to call in with their lyrics, performed to backing tracks that they play on the radio. 'It's the show where we play the beat twice so …
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When an Innocent Man Gets Railroaded, by the Possible Murderer, With Help From the County and the State Authorities, and They All Actually Succeed. - Temporarily. 9 December 2022 | Susan Brown Long | West Virginia | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News | Washington D.C. The Michael Brown Case Read the facts and decide for yourself if Michael Brown is serv…
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It Must Have Been Very Difficult To Bury Your Son Alive - The Boy You Gave Birth To - Mrs. Kirby - Remember The Day When Quindell Was Born? 5 December 2022 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News | Washington D.C. All that Quindell recalls is - One night while asleep and without any warning, he was being dragged out of his bed and then out of the bedroom w…
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False Eyewitness Testimony Takes the Life of Another Victim of the State and the Un-Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Gets A Shiny Badge of Dishonor. 1 December 2022 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News | Washington D.C. A Fallacy - can be described as - “A failure in reasoning which renders an argument invalid” - It can further be said that - “A logical fal…
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On Another Hypocritical “Thanksgiving” The U.S. President Pardons a Turkey. Americans Bludgeon That Turkey. And Millions of Innocent People In U.S. Prisons Get The Middle Finger. 24 November 2022 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News | Washington D.C. I did thank God as I sat and ate with my family tonight. Like every night. Every day is a "Thanksgiving …
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The Troubling Case of Jesse Dreyfuse | An Injustice of Epic Proportions. Lawrence J. Smith is Courthouse News Service West Virginia correspondent. Lawrence explains the perplexing delay in Jesse Dreyfuse Case in the city of Huntington out of Cabell County in West Virginia. #JusticeForJesseDreyfuse | Unshackle Yourself - JusticeNews.Net/UnshackledWi…
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The Lawlessness and Wicked Injustice in the Secret State of West Virginia. 6 November 2022 | NPA National Public Awareness | Cabell County, West Virginia. Justice News in Washington D.C. The nightmare of Edward Jesse Dreyfuse (pronounced - Dryfuse) and his wrongful murder conviction began on March 9th, 2012 in Huntington West Virginia. Dreyfuse was…
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Phil Magure is joined by Zak and Jules, the hosts of the Prison Radio Association's brand new podcast Life After Prison. If you've been to prison, or if you know someone who has, Life After Prison is building a community of people who can support each other through the experience of release and reintegration to society. Click here to watch Life Aft…
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5 October 2022 | Imran Siddiqui | Justice News | Washington D.C. Bryant Rhoades of Mercer County Ohio was never at the crime scene, and yet he's serving a life sentence without any possibility of parole for double murders that he says he did not commit. Bryant has maintained his innocence for over a decade now and he says they "buried me alive". Bu…
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Unshackled. WithI Imran | EP3 | Badr Faridi Badr Faridi, originally from Morocco, is doing 62 years in Miami Indiana for a crime he has maintained he did not commit. Faridi says, "he was sold, because he is an Arab and a Muslim". Badr spoke for about 60 minutes, 35 of which is in the podcast, with one consistent appeal, "I don't regret coming to Am…
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Unshackled. with Imran | EP2 | Keman Taylor Kemen Taylor of Minneapolis Minnesota never asked or coerced or motivated Donquarius Copeland nor Derrick Catchings in the shooting death of 13-year-old Rayjon Gomez in 2011, says Donquarius Copeland himself. Donquarius also states that nowhere in the trial transcripts can you find any statements made by …
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Dr Michael McMillan is a playwright, mixed-media artist, curator, and educator, arguably best known for his installation, The West Indian Front Room now housed at Hoxton’s Museum of the Home. Dr McMillan has had many works produced by the Royal Court Theatre, Channel 4, and BBC Radio 4. His parents came to the UK from St Vincent & the Grenadines in…
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Michelle Dornelly is a life-long Hackney resident of St Lucian and Jamaican descent. She's a community organiser who founded the Children With Voices charity and numerous community food hubs across the borough to provide vulnerable people with food packages, seasonal gifts, and general support during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://childrenwithvoice…
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Mr Gee is a poet and veteran of the UK spoken word scene. He's a writer, broadcaster, actor, and advisor; Gee has also worked extensively within the criminal justice system and is a Shoreditch local, currently leading Rich Mix’s New Creatives project. His mother moved to London from Guyana in the 1960s. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kKeWMpksOd…
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The Coronavirus pandemic led to many restrictions to all of our lives. For people in prison the restrictions were particlarly severe. The biggest impact was felt when all social visits were halted for many months, meaning people serving custodial sentences weren't able to see their families, friends and loved-ones in person. In response, the Prison…
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Cleveland Watkiss MBE was born in Clapton, 1959 to Jamaican parents. He is an award-winning vocalist, composer, actor, and voice professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, who co-founded the Jazz Warriors, and hosted the seminal Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at Blue Note, Hoxton Square. https://www.clevelandwatkiss.co.uk/ Windrush Stories: Hackney Edi…
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Dawn Butler MP is the Member of Parliament for Brent Central. Campaigner, activist, daughter of Windrush, she was the first elected African-Caribbean woman to become a UK government minister. In 2020 she was voted one of Vogue's 25 most influential women, and recently honoured with a blue plaque at the former site of her parents' 'Butlers Bakery', …
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