Category Archives: Life Inside

CFRC Prison Radio, May 6, 2020

A new episode during COVID-19. A message from the Millhaven Lifer’s Group, updates, an interview with the vice-chair of the inmate committee at Warksworth Institution, voices from provincial and federal prisons about COVID-19, and a tribute to Tony Allen, who gave CPR our theme song and incredible music to the world. Rest in power.

CFRC Prison Radio, April 15, 2020.

Updates on COVID-19 in Canadian prisons, call out for Prisoner Emergency Support Fund, solidarity actions, updates on Barton jail struggle, and requests and messages of support.

New Resource: noprisons.ca

A new website that is serving as a clearing house for all the information you could need about what is going on in Canadian prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPR / Calls from Home for April 8, 2020

This week’s episode features updates on Grand Valley and Port Cartier, as well as the Laval Immigration Detention hunger strike victory, requests and messages of support from Bath, Joyceville and Millhaven Institution. + an interview with Kara Braun, a community chaplain and psychotherapist connected to local institutions with some advise and techniques for staying mindful, concentrated and focused during a very difficult time.

Calls from Home, March 25, 2020


Our monthly Calls from Home episode, in archive form. This last show was about the impact of COVID-19 on Canadian prisons – all programs and visits are shutdown in jails and prison across the province in response to COVID-19. We broadcasted advice and messages of support to those inside during these trying times.

As always, you can submit to our next call in show, which will be weekly during the COVID-19 crisis, in the following ways:

E-mail us at CFRCprisonradio [at] riseup [dot] net
Call us at 613-329-2693
Or write to us:

CPR c/o CFRC
Lower Carruthers Hall
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON
K7L-3N6

Interviews about the John Howard Society and ‘Contact’

An interview with Catherine Latimer and Lawrence Da Silva about the launch of a new podcast and more broadly about the need for transparency, information, and assistance for prisoners. If you’re interested in learning more about the project, or contributing, please contact the John Howard Society by writing to them at 809 Blackburn Mews, Kingston, ON K7P 2N6, Canada, e-mailing national@johnhoward.ca or phoning Lawrence at 613 218 7592.

After that, an interview with Andrea Conte about his documentary project dedicated to Contact, the 1990s prison television show that aired right here in Kingston. If you happen to have tapes of Contact, please contact contacttvdocumentary@gmail.com.

Listen here: https://archive.org/details/2019111318

Interviews with Zahra and Linda Mussell, October 16, 2019.

October 16, 2019 presented two interviews during this episode.

The first is with Zahra Fahran, a trans woman prisoner who was just paroled after serving almost 20 years behind bars. She talks about the experience of transitioning inside, being sent to a women’s prison, and finally living outside of a cell.

The second interview is with Linda Mussell, Queen’s Department of Political Studies, discussing her research, and the power of media images and prison tourism to shape public understanding of people behind bars.

Listen to the interviews here: https://archive.org/details/cproct1619h00