As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of darkness.
—U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

What Prison Radio is:


We are an independent multimedia production studio producing content for radio, television, and films for 30 years and distributing throughout the world. We stream our high-quality audio material to media outlets and the general public in order to add the voices of people most impacted by the prison industrial complex. This takes on a special urgency during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the national focus on the damage done by the police and prison structures across the nation.
We challenge unjust police and prosecutorial practices which result in mass incarceration, racism and gender discrimination by bringing the voices of men, women and kids into the public debate. Our radio broadcasts help spur the public to examine core issues that create crime and heighten disenfranchisement. Our educational materials serve as a catalyst for public activism, strengthening movements for social change. Prison Radio's productions illustrate the perspectives and the intrinsic human worth of the more than 7.1 million people under correctional control in the U.S and those not served by the justice system.

Mission Statement:

Prison Radio's mission is to include the voices of incarcerated people in the public debate.


Contact us at


Co-Directors: Noelle Hanrahan and Jennifer Beach


Audio Engineer/Digital  Communications Lead: Tommy Phan


Development Associate: Alia Hartman


Researcher: Jennifer Black



Volunteer and Internship Opportunities:
Go to our Volunteer/Internship page and fill out our application.


General Information

Prison Radio

P.O. Box 411074

San Francisco, CA 94141

Phone: (415) 648-4505



Press Contact:

Noelle Hanrahan

Phone: 415-706-5222



Permission to Use Audio, Photo or Video

Please complete our online licensing form.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Please download the volunteer/internship application and return to Prison Radio. Internships available summer and fall 2014


Supported by:


The Honig fund at Common Counsel:  The Bread and Roses Community Fund,  The Maverick Fund at the Peace Development Fund, East Bay Community Foundation, John Brown Education Fund, Puffin Foundation, Winds of Peace Foundation, Sisters of St. Francis, National Black United Fund, Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph Social Justice Fund, Joseph Rosen Foundation, Ursuline Sisters, Shefa Fund, Jewish Fund for Justice, Bruderhof Foundation, Our Lady of Victory Missionry, Sexton Foundation, Maverick Lloyd Foundation, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, People's Life Fund, The Funding Exchange, Guacamole Fund, The Genspring Trust, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, LEF Foundation, National Philanthropic Trust, Frances William's Artist Grants, St. Joseph Convent and many generous individuals across the country.   
We are grateful for the support of the following foundations:
National Lawyers Guild, Bay Area Chapter
San Francisco Foundation
Y.E.S./Phogg Foundation

To Purchase Advertising on Our Site

Below is a breakdown of our ad spaces with sizes (in pixels) and prices:
  • Slideshow image

    • 591 pixels wide x 341pixels high
    • $125/month or $300 for 3-month block
  • Horizontal banner (below slideshow) - 586 pixels wide x 60 pixels high
    • $75/month
  • Right sidebar top (still image or video) - 250 pixels wide x 250 pixels high
    • $100/month for still image
    • $175/month or $450 for 3-month block
  • Right sidebar middle (still image or video) - 250 pixels wide x 250 pixels high
    • $75/month for still image
    • $150/month or $375 for 3-month block
  • Right sidebar bottom (still image or video) - 250 pixels wide x 250 pixels high
    • $75/month for still image
    • $150/month or $375 for 3-month block


Encrypted Contact: Noelle Hanrahan

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