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
When sentenced, nearly two-thirds of prisoners have serious drink problems, and up to 50% are problem drug users. Poverty, poor housing, physical and mental health problems, low educational attainment – the issues that affect prisoners are manifold and serious. Featuring interviews, in-depth d... more→
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→
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→
Almost half of the prison population has a reading level at or below the level expected of an 11 year old, a fact that can render these prisoners virtually unemployable and create a vicious circle that encourages reoffending beyond custody. Over two thirds of prisoners have difficulties reading pris... more→