I have chosen to lend my support to the PRA because I
believe this is innovative broadcasting to a quite literally captive audience… the potential in all sorts of ways is enormous.
The Prison Radio Association (PRA) aims to change the lives of serving prisoners through the power of radio.
An award-winning education charity, the PRA runs National Prison Radio (NPR) in partnership with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS). The service is available to prisoners across England and Wales directly in their cells.
The PRA also provides support, guidance and expertise to existing prison radio projects and advises prisons interested in setting up radio projects and radio training facilities.
The PRA was established as a charity in 2006 in response to a growing demand from prisons to engage in prison radio.
Registered Charity Number – 1114760
Our programmes and campaigns
Working in partnership with several publishing houses and the Prison Reading Groups project, National Prison Radio broadcasts nightly book readings, featuring a different title each month. On the last Sunday of the month, prisoners and guests take part in a round table discussion of that month’s t... more→
Every prisoner remembers their first night in a prison cell. For most, it is a disorienting and stressful experience with a heady mix of emotions at play: fear, anger, confusion, worry, uncertainty. There is also a mountain of information and rules which prisoners have to learn very quickly, and get... more→
Rates of smoking in prisons are extremely high. Approximately 80% of prisoners smoke, compared to 22% of the general UK population. Smoking is an established part of prison culture. Many prisoners say they smoke as a way of coping with stress and boredom, and cigarettes and tobacco also have a signi... more→