Prison Radio’s mission is to challenge unjust police and prosecutorial practices which result in mass incarceration, racism, and gender discrimination by airing the voices of men and women victimized by an unjust criminal justice system. We believe that when a person’s humanity is recognized, the public is able to make more informed choices on the direction of public policy. We do this by bringing their voices into the public dialogue on crime and punishment. Our radio broadcasts help spur the public to examine core issues that create crime and heighten disenfranchisement.
Our educational materials serve as a catalyst for public activism, strengthening movements for social change. Prison Radio’s productions illustrate the perspectives and the intrinsic human worth of the more than 7.1 million people under correctional control in the U.S, and those not served by the justice system.
Prison Radio is a project
of The Redwood Justice Fund which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the
defense of the environment and of civil and human rights secured by law. Established
by Judi Bari in 1994, the foundation embraces a wide array of environmental
and social justice projects including:
Purple Berets, a women's
rights organization dedicated to obtaining equal justice for women.
Redwood Summer Justice
Project, which defends the rights of environmental activists.
Women's Justice Center
which advocates for Latina victims of violence against women in Sonoma County,
Get Out Of The Military, a small group of dedicated military law counselors working with soldiers who want a discharge and need support through that process. The group also works to decrease suicides and sexual assault and harassment within the military.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas once reminded a group of young lawyers: "As
nightfall does not come all once, neither does oppression. In both instances
there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is
in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air, however
slight, lest we become unwitting victims of darkness."