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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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Ten Years On: Global Themes in Prison Radio Development

Ten Years On: Global Themes in Prison Radio Development

(p.163) 8 Ten Years On: Global Themes in Prison Radio Development
Making Waves Behind Bars

Charlotte Bedford

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how a continuing belief in the power of radio to change people's lives shapes Prison Radio Association (PRA) activity. The impact of National Prison Radio (NPR) for people in prison is demonstrated through annual audience increases and listener feedback. Yet, from the outset, the PRA has recognised the need to develop some kind of continuation service for people leaving prison. Each year, more people are locked up in prisons around the world, with increasing numbers returning to prison in a cycle of reoffending. The chapter also shows how imprisonment serves to exacerbate the complex disadvantage that leads to criminalisation, separating people even further from any preexisting support networks.

Keywords:   PRA, National Prison Radio, Prison Radio Association, listener feedback, reoffending, imprisonment, criminalisation

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