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How many people listen to National Prison Radio?

National Prison Radio broadcasts to over 81,000 people in prison across England, Wales and Scotland, and 72% listen regularly. The average listener tunes in for 11.4 hours every week.

These are the main findings from the Prison Radio Association’s annual Impact Snapshot.

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Keep On The Straightline

Our brand new weekly Straightline Request Show is broadcast on National Prison Radio and also online at

It features requests across the prison walls, between prisoners and their loved-ones. We do it because keeping family bonds healthy helps reduce crime.

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Can Writing Letters Help Reduce Crime?

Having a solid network of family and friends to return to after release from prison is the single most important factor in reducing a person’s likelihood of returning to jail.

National Prison Radio has partnered with the Shannon Trust to bring a unique programme to the airwaves which supports family bonds.

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Straightline artwork wins D&AD Pencil

Our developing multimedia platform, Straightline, has walked off with one of the most coveted awards in the design world – a D&AD Pencil, at the 2017 D&AD Professional Awards.

The team behind the design is Supple Studios.

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Do you want to help the PRA become even better?

We are looking for an exceptional Research Assistant to help move the PRA to the next level.

Read on to find out how you might be able to join the Charity of the Year.

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We are hiring!

Are you a fantastic charity fundraiser? Do you want a flexible, part-time job that allows you to work from home, working for the Charity of the Year?

Click here to find out more.

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National Prison Radio drama on BBC Radio 4

National Prison Radio’s first ever radio drama, Bound, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 5 January 2017.

Bound features performances from serving prisoners and professional actors, including John Henshaw (Early Doors), Sally Carman (Shameless) and Matthew McNulty (The Musketeers).

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The Kids Who Decide What All The Other Kids Talk About

Meet the group of university dropouts who are using social media to influence young people on an industrial scale.

The PRA’s Chris Impey has produced a fascinating documentary for BBC Radio 4 about the new frontier in marketing – social media, and you can download it as the latest episode of the Seriously podcast.

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PRA co-founder Roma Hooper receives OBE

Roma Hooper, the pioneer of prison radio in the UK and across the world, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year 2017 Honours List.

Roma is the Chair of the Prison Radio Association’s Board of Trustees, and co-founded Europe’s very first prison radio station at HMYOI Feltham.

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Watch ‘Letters From The Inside’

The Prison Radio Association has teamed up with Letters Live to put on an emotional live show in the chapel inside HM Prison Brixton.

A short film of the event gives a taste of this exclusive performance.

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