Secret Life of Prisons podcast (Guest episode) - Secret Life of Lifers (Part II)

  • Wright, S. (Participant)
  • Ben Crewe (Contributor)
  • Paula Harriott (Contributor)

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Participation in interview for web based media


Led by Dr Serena Wright, this collaboration between researchers from Royal Holloway, the University of Cambridge (Dr Susie Hulley and Prof Ben Crewe), and the Secret Life of Prisons podcast team (produced by the award-winning Prison Radio Association) explores the lived realities of life imprisonment for murder.

This podcast is available from podcast outlets, or via the Secret Life of Prisons website:

From the producer (Part II):
How to survive a life sentence.

We're back in the studio with two people who have been to prison and are now outside living with a 'life licence', to talk about 'hooks for change' and the what happens as the reality of being a 'lifer' dawns on you. They join Phil and Paula in the studio, along with criminologists Serena Wright and Ben Crewe.

Serena is a researcher and Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law and Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her research on prisons and penology has focused on short-term sentences and post-release ‘frustrated desistance’ among women, and the experience of long-term incarceration among life-sentenced prisoners. Ben is Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He is interested in all aspects of prison life, including prison management, staff-prisoner relationships, public and private sector imprisonment, penal power and prisoner social life.
Period8 Nov 2021
Held atPrison Radio Association, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational