The Prison Radio Association – an award-winning NGO using radio to support prisoner rehabilitation

The Prison Radio Association – an award-winning NGO using radio to support prisoner rehabilitation

In 2006, Phil Maguire became the founding chief executive of the Prison Radio Association (PRA) – an award-winning NGO that uses radio to support prisoner rehabilitation. In 2009, the PRA launched National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for prisoners. The station has a large, loyal and growing audience – with 74% of people in prison listening to it for more than 10 hours a week.

Phil leads the development of Prison Radio International – a growing global movement of people using audio for social good in criminal justice.

The PRA has produced dozens of radio documentaries for the BBC and produced several award-winning podcast series. PRA was named Production Company of the Year at the 2017 and 2020 Audio Production Awards. PRA’s work has won a range of national and international awards, including ten Sony Radio Academy Awards, eight New York International Radio Awards and a coveted Rose d’Or, in the Audio Stories category.

In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honors List, Phil was named OBE for ‘Services to Radio Production and Prison Radio’.

Phil loves his job, but says he’s never had more fun at work than co-hosting The Secret Life of Prisons podcast.

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