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The Secret Life of Prisons podcast

Dec 31, 2020

In our final episode of the year, guests Duewaine and Brenda are back with Phil and Paula to talk about the significance of New Year in prison.

They're joined by Marc Conway who, having spent roughly fifteen New Year's Eves inside, discusses how attitudes towards the celebration vary.

Presenters: Phil Maguire and Paula...

Dec 24, 2020

How does it feel to spend Christmas Day in prison?

Phil and Paula talk about the difficulties of being locked up over Christmas and the little things that help with getting through the day.

They're joined by former National Prison Radio presenter Duewaine and poet Brenda Birungi, aka Lady Unchained, who share their...

Dec 17, 2020

How should we look after young people inside?

Phil and Paula hear from Courtney, who went to prison when she was a teenager. She reveals the emotional trauma of being locked up and reflects on the role prison played in rebuilding her life.

Earlier this year Courtney featured in the first episode of our sister podcast,...

Dec 14, 2020

In this episode, Paula and Phil talk about the importance of the telephone in prison, and what better way to do that than to call up a few friends of the podcast?

Peter Yarwood, Chief Executive of Red Rose Recovery, author Rich Jones and Kemi Ryan, co-founder of Reformed Development, explain what the phone meant to them...

Dec 10, 2020

Can you make lasting friendships in prison?

In episode two of our new series, Phil and Paula talk about the ups and the downs of making friends inside.

They're joined by guests Rob and Mike aka Boats, who made friends during their time in HMP Rochester and now co-host the podcast, Banged Up. Rob and Boats share stories...