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Making Waves Behind BarsThe Prison Radio Association$
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Charlotte Bedford

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781529203363

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529203363.001.0001

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‘Making Waves Behind Bars’: The Prison Context

‘Making Waves Behind Bars’: The Prison Context

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Making Waves Behind Bars

Charlotte Bedford

Policy Press

This chapter begins by tracing some of the key ideas that inform people's understanding of the changing role and function of prison and punishment before examining the political, economic, and institutional changes which have contributed to the recognition, acceptance, and encouragement of radio in the prisons of England and Wales. It cites the official launch of the Prison Radio Association (PRA) as a charity in 2006, where the first PRA audio productions to be distributed to an audience beyond the prisons were compiled on the Making Waves Behind Bars CD, and argues that the origins and potential of prison radio can only be examined through discussion of the complex and enduring problem of the prison institution.

Keywords:   PRA, Prison Radio Association, radio, prison, punishment, England, Wales, Making Waves Behind Bars, prison institution

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