National Prison Radio – The Future Prison podcast

Future Prison is a series of powerful and important conversations.

It brings together people who have been in prison with senior figures from the Ministry of Justice.

On both sides of the debate, guests share their experiences of the criminal justice system, to help shape a better future.

The podcasts focus on three themes: the experiences of people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds; being a woman in prison; and being young and locked up.

We hear from Kelly and Gabby about being a woman behind bars.

Gabby reveals the impact of being a mother pulled apart from her daughter, while Kelly describes her medical treatment inside, and questions how much dignity women are shown.

Daniel and Victoria tell their stories of being in prison from a BAME perspective.

Daniel describes his first contact with the police and the long-lasting effect that had on him. Victoria shares stories of how she was treated by other prisoners because of the food she ate.

Courtney and Ali share what it’s like to be young and locked up.

Ali sees many differences between Young Offender Institutions and Adult prisons, and the opportunities they provide, in addition to the noise… and Courtney describes her time in segregation and how prison left her wanting to take her own life.

They are all honest, open accounts of life inside UK prisons.

Senior figures from the Ministry of Justice, listening and asking questions, include Sonia Flynn, chief probation officer and executive director of women; Tanya Robinson, head of diversity and inclusion across HMPPS, and Helga Swidenbank, executive director for the Youth Custody Service.

The series is hosted by Hilary Ineomo-Marcus, who has spent time in prison.

We produced Future Prison for the Prison Radio Association and recorded the episodes at Wisebuddah in London.

“Suzi Dale is one of our go-to producers for projects which require a confident pair of hands. Future Prison required coordination of a wide range of contributors, politically sensitive scripting, and in-depth interviewing. Her production elicited honest, personal responses from her guests and the production was skilled and polished.”

Andrew Wilkie, deputy chief executive, Prison Radio Association