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 examine core issues that create crime and disenfranchise communities. 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.
Prison Radio’s mission is to include the voices of incarcerated people in the public debate.
How to become a correspondent for Prison Radio
If you are or know someone who would like to become a correspondent, please contact us.
Individual donors are the overwhelming bulk of support for Prison Radio. We are endlessly grateful for their support. In addition to those generous people, these foundations have recently supported us:
The American Endowment Foundation
The East Bay Community Foundation
The Genspring Edna B Wardlaw Trust
Honig Fund for at Common Counsel
The Leeway Foundation
The National Lawyers Guild
The San Francisco Foundation
The Sisters of Charity BVM
Y.E.S. Phogg Foundation