We’re pleased to launch our new series of podcasts with Straightline and National Prison Radio.

Presented by Phil Maguire OBE, Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association, and Head of Prisoner Engagement at Prison Reform Trust Paula Harriott, each episode of The Secret Life of Prisons takes on a theme related to the prison experience, and features a range of guests with personal experience and insight on each topic.

Through the series listeners will be hear personal testimony from people who have been there, as you are guided out from court and arrival to prison, all the way through to release.

In our first episode, Phil and Paula hear from poet and performer, Brenda Birungi (aka Lady Unchained), music entrepreneur Curtis Blanc and former MP and Conservative cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, about their respective arrivals into prison.

Other guests in the series include:

  • Raphael Rowe—who was wrongly-imprisoned and is a journalist, reporter and presenter
  • David Breakspear—who is an author and blogger with experience of the justice system
  • Josie Bevan—who shares her experience of life with a husband in prison through her blog Prison Bag
  • Peter Yarwood—who has spent 20 years in and out of prison and is now Chief Executive of Red Rose Recovery
  • Carl Cattermole—who is a former prisoner and an award-winning dramatist and author

You can listen to the first episode below. Look out for future episodes by following #TheSecretLifeOfPrisons on social media.


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