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The Secret Life of Prisons podcast

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,...


Sep 17, 2020

In April 1990, Strangeways prison in Manchester was subject to disorder and protests that lasted weeks.

It was the longest prison disturbance in British history.

This concluding episode looks at what's happened in the 30 years since the Strangeways riots, asking fundamental questions about what prison is...


Sep 10, 2020

In April 1990, Strangeways prison in Manchester was subject to disorder and protests that lasted weeks.

It was the longest prison disturbance in British history.

This is a deep-dive into the events leading up to that day, the disturbance itself, and the aftermath. 

It includes interviews with then-governor Brendan...


Sep 9, 2020

The Secret Life of Prisons is returning, featuring stories from behind bars. 

Ahead of our new series, we'll be releasing a two-part deep-dive documentary, 25 Days In April, telling the story of the longest prison disturbance in British history - the Strangeways riots of 1990.

Part one, released on Thursday 10...


May 29, 2020

A new virus grips the world.

Echoes tells the true stories of four people whose lives were changed forever.

Echoes is a unique drama, originally broadcast on National Prison Radio, the world's first national radio station for prisoners.

The script is created entirely from the words of the real people portrayed.

Actors...