25 episodes

The Secret Life of Prisons tells the hidden stories from behind bars.

Presenter Paula Harriott is Head of Prisoner Engagement for the Prison Reform Trust, having spent time behind bars. Alongside her is Phil Maguire OBE, who has worked in prisons for over 15 years and is the Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association.

Together, they aim to take the bars off prison windows. To shine a light into some of the darkest corners of prisons. The show offers a glimpse into what is, for many, an unseen world.  

Each episode takes on a theme related to the prison experience and features guests with personal experience of imprisonment. Most have been inside.
For more information please visit
www.prison.radio
www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk

The Secret Life of Prisons podcast Prison Radio Association

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.2 • 38 Ratings

The Secret Life of Prisons tells the hidden stories from behind bars.

Presenter Paula Harriott is Head of Prisoner Engagement for the Prison Reform Trust, having spent time behind bars. Alongside her is Phil Maguire OBE, who has worked in prisons for over 15 years and is the Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association.

Together, they aim to take the bars off prison windows. To shine a light into some of the darkest corners of prisons. The show offers a glimpse into what is, for many, an unseen world.  

Each episode takes on a theme related to the prison experience and features guests with personal experience of imprisonment. Most have been inside.
For more information please visit
www.prison.radio
www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk

    How to create your way out of prison

    How to create your way out of prison

    The creative arts in prison aren't just a 'nice-to-have'. For some they can be a passport to freedom and even a lifesaver.

    Saul Hewish has visited over 100 prisons in his long career as a the founder and Artistic Director of Rideout, a charity that runs creative arts for rehabilitation. He joins Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott in a series of conversations with people who, in one way or another, found their creative calling in prison.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Making Time: Jimmy McGovern

    Making Time: Jimmy McGovern

    In 2021, the legendary TV screenwriter Jimmy McGovern released a three-part drama called Time on BBC1. People living and working in prisons have almost universally agreed that it's the most astonishingly realistic depiction of prison life they've ever seen. 

    In this episode, Phil and Paula are joined by Jimmy along with the Executive Producer Tom Sherry to discuss the complexities of depicting prisons on the small screen.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p09fs2qh/time

    • 46 min
    No Choices Without Chances: George the Poet

    No Choices Without Chances: George the Poet

    George the Poet is a spoken word performer and recording artist. His acclaimed podcast series, Have You Heard George's Podcast?, became the first non-US podcast to win the Peabody Award. He is a long-time advocate and campaigner for a fairer justice system.

    This episode was recorded at the 2021 Longford Lecture, an annual event run by the Longford Trust which supports people in the justice system with education and mentoring. 

    For more information on the Longford Trust, visit www.longfordtrust.org.

    • 28 min
    The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 2

    The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 2

    We're back in the studio with two people who have been to prison and are now outside living with a 'life licence', to talk about what happens as the reality of being a 'lifer' dawns on you.

    They join Phil and Paula in the studio, along with criminologists Serena Wright (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Ben Crewe (Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge).

    • 56 min
    The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 1

    The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 1

    What is it like to receive a life sentence?

    We're joined by two people who have had this experience - both have been to prison and are now outside living with a 'life licence'.

    They join Phil and Paula in the studio, along with Criminologists Serena Wright (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Susie Hulley (University of Cambridge).

    • 53 min
    Starts Monday: Series 3 of The Secret Life of Prisons

    Starts Monday: Series 3 of The Secret Life of Prisons

    A brand new series of The Secret Life of Prisons starts Monday.

    Listen to this sneak preview of some of the voices we'll be hearing through this series, bringing you the real-life drama of life behind bars.

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    www.prison.radio

    • 44 sec

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Jarmbabe ,

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I discovered this podcast following the recommendation of another podcast I listen to- Ear Hustle and I’m glad I did. I appreciate the honesty of the hosts and guests as they share their stories. I was especially drawn to the podcast which featured the young woman and her mother as they talked about their visits. Sadly, the families of prisoners are often forgotten and the struggles they face are great. Mr. G’s poems are spot in!!! That man has a way with words!!!

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