19 episodes

The Secret Life of Prisons aims to take the bars off prison windows. To shine a light into some of the darkest corners of prisons. It is curious, illuminating, moving and informative, this podcast offers more than just a glimpse into what is, for many, an unseen world.  
The presenters are Phil Maguire OBE, Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association, and the Prison Reform Trust’s Head of Prisoner Involvement, Paula Harriott.
Each episode of The Secret Life of Prisons takes on a theme related to the prison experience and features guests with personal experience. Most have been inside.
For more information please visit http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/
https://wearestraightline.com/

The Secret Life of Prisons podcast Prison Radio Association

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.2 • 34 Ratings

The Secret Life of Prisons aims to take the bars off prison windows. To shine a light into some of the darkest corners of prisons. It is curious, illuminating, moving and informative, this podcast offers more than just a glimpse into what is, for many, an unseen world.  
The presenters are Phil Maguire OBE, Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association, and the Prison Reform Trust’s Head of Prisoner Involvement, Paula Harriott.
Each episode of The Secret Life of Prisons takes on a theme related to the prison experience and features guests with personal experience. Most have been inside.
For more information please visit http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/
https://wearestraightline.com/

    New Year

    New Year

    In our final episode of the year, guests Duewaine and Brenda are back with Phil and Paula to talk about the significance of New Year behind bars.

    They're joined by Marc Conway who, having spent roughly fifteen New Year's Eves inside, discusses how attitudes towards the celebration vary.

    Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott
    Guests: Duewaine, Brenda Birungi aka Lady Unchained and Marc Conway
    Producer: Louisa Adams

    • 21 min
    Christmas Inside

    Christmas Inside

    How does it feel to spend Christmas day in prison?

    Phil and Paula talk about the difficulties of being locked up over Christmas and the little things that help with getting through the day.

    They're joined by former National Prison Radio presenter Duewaine and poet Brenda Birungi, aka Lady Unchained, who share their memories of Christmas in prison.

    Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott
    Guests: Duewaine and Lady Unchained
    Producer: Louisa Adams

    • 22 min
    Future Prison

    Future Prison

    Phil and Paula hear from Courtney, who went to prison when she was a teenager. She reveals the emotional trauma of being locked up and reflects on the role prison played in rebuilding her life.

    Courtney featured in the first episode of our sister podcast, Future Prison, where she shared her experiences with representatives from the prison service. You can listen to all seven episodes of Future Prison wherever you get your podcasts.

    This episode contains references to self harm and suicide.

    • 30 min
    On Hold

    On Hold

    In this episode, Paula and Phil talk about the importance of the telephone in prison. They call up friends of the podcast, Peter Yarwood, Rich Jones and Kemi Ryan, to ask what the phone meant to them while they were in prison.

    And Dr Kimmett Edgar is back to tell us more about the impact of the pandemic on access to phones inside.

    Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott
    Guests: Peter Yarwood, Dr Kimmett Edgar, Rich Jones and Kemi Ryan
    Producers: Louisa Adams and Andrew Wilkie

    • 31 min
    Two Peas in a Pad

    Two Peas in a Pad

    Can you make lasting friendships in prison?

    In episode two of our new series, Phil and Paula talk about the ups and the downs of making friends inside.

    They're joined by Rob and Mike, aka Boats, who made friends during their time in HMP Rochester and now co-host the podcast, Banged Up. Rob and Boats share stories of how they met and let us in on the secret to staying mates on the outside.

    Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott
    Guests: Rob and Boats
    Producers: Louisa Adams and Andrew Wilkie

    • 29 min
    Letters to Myself

    Letters to Myself

    We're back with a new series of the Secret Life of Prisons podcast.

    In this first episode, presenters Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott reunite to talk about the power of writing - both in prison and after release.

    They hear from a special panel, hosted by poet Mr Gee, where guests Jerelle, Dee and Jeanno share their experiences of prison through their writing.

    Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula Harriott
    Guests: Mr Gee, Jerelle, Dee and Jeanno
    Producers: Louisa Adams and Arthur Hagues

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 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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