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Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed series ‘Inside the World's Toughest Prisons’ on Netflix. He is also a former correspondent for the world's longest running BBC TV current affairs show Panorama the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as well as a regular contributor on The One Show and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.

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Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed series ‘Inside the World's Toughest Prisons’ on Netflix. He is also a former correspondent for the world's longest running BBC TV current affairs show Panorama the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as well as a regular contributor on The One Show and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.

    Ep 73: Stopping Ex-Prisoners Reoffending - Lilly Waters

    Ep 73: Stopping Ex-Prisoners Reoffending - Lilly Waters

    Britain’s high reoffending rate costs taxpayers around £15bn a year. Very little of taxpayers money is spent on the important work that volunteers like Lilly do to assist prisoners reintegrate back into society. As a result 60% of released inmates go on to reoffend within a two-year period. Prisons seclude criminals from the rest of society and so naturally ex-offenders find it difficult to readjust to normal life once they get out and find it difficult to reintegrate into society. Lack of job opportunities, and difficulties finding accommodation are just two of the challenges former prisoners face and it is a cause of why many drift back to crime. 


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    Ep 72: Notorious - Biography of Raphael Rowe

    Ep 72: Notorious - Biography of Raphael Rowe

    In this episode Raphael reads a couple of extracts from his book Notorious. Inspiring people to think about those they would not normally consider deserving of a Second Chance. 


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    Ep 71: Convict Criminology - Michael Irwin

    Ep 71: Convict Criminology - Michael Irwin

    Michael Irwin was arrested at Gatwick Airport in 2007 with 1.1 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the lining of a bag he’d collected in the Caribbean. At the time he was addicted to cocaine and alcohol. He was sentenced to twelve years for drug trafficking. He served six in prison and six outside on licence. Whilst in prison Michael studied criminology and psychology and upon release he completed a masters at Queen's University Belfast. His second chance in life started in prison and his book ‘My Life began at Forty’ is an inspiring and fantastic resource for those with loved ones - or themselves - facing time in prison.


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    Ep 70: Wicked N' Bad - Myles Harris

    Ep 70: Wicked N' Bad - Myles Harris

    Myles Harris, aka Bouncer is a content creator, sports and boxing promoter and an entrepreneur who served time in prison for robbery and drug offences. He plays on his past reputation naming sports management company ‘Wicked N Bad’. Myles’s journey to success was, like many poor and marginalised families' from inner city council estates, difficult and challenging. That’s not an excuse, it’s a reality, but as he advocates, it shouldn’t stop you wanting more, or becoming more, than the defined negative stereotype often portrayed.

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    Ep 69: Justice Denied: The Cardiff Newsagent Murder - Michael O’Brien

    Ep 69: Justice Denied: The Cardiff Newsagent Murder - Michael O’Brien

    Michael O’Brien is a survivor of one the most emblematic miscarriages of justice in Britain. Known as ‘The Cardiff Newsagent Three’ case, it has become a key point of reference for campaigners against injustice. He spent 11 years in prison before his conviction was overturned. He lost not only his freedom but everything he'd ever had, including his wife, his child, and even his health. But he did gain something from his time inside: a self-taught knowledge of Law, and a burning desire to help others fight for justice. He is a best selling author of a number of insightful books about being a victim of a miscarriage of justice, prison and the Criminal Justice System. 


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    Ep 68: Prison, Rehabilitation, Punishment: In conversation with David Skarbek

    Ep 68: Prison, Rehabilitation, Punishment: In conversation with David Skarbek

    Raphael is in conversation with associate professor David Skarbek, author of The Puzzle of Prison Order: Why Life Behind Bars Varies Around the World. An illuminating work of much interest to students of crime and punishment. Skarbek’s book digs behind the scenes of global prisons, studying the balance of power and hierarchy behind bars and how that affects prisoners. The conversation was part of the Fall for the Books Festival, organised by George Mason University, in Virginia, USA.  


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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

lucyloolistener ,

Love this ❤️

I’ve followed Raphael after the Netflix prison series, my partner is currently incarcerated and I find his podcast inspiring and hopeful, the stories are inspiring and I appreciate the understanding he has, prison life if you are inside or out is a journey that many don’t endure, it’s a difficult time but listening to his admiration makes it somewhat easier!
Respect ✊

Jeremy Indika ,

Amazing podcast!!!!

Raphael is a fantastic interviewer. He asks all the right questions and I am hooked into these episodes.

Lou lou f ,

Rehabilitation at HMP LEEDS

Loved listening to Lucy’s story. I understand how she feels about working at HMP Leeds. As work here too. Our jobs are very different but one thing we have in common is resilience for the job! keep up the good work Lucy 👏

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