Texas’ Prison Talk Radio Show!!
Every Friday at 9 p.m., thousands of prisoners across East Texas settle into their bunks, pull out their hand-held radios and tune in to The Prison Show, the only radio show in the country that caters to prisoners and the families they’ve left behind.
The Prison Show has been trying for decades to relieve the harshness of the Texas penal system, which leads the country in executions and has the largest prison population of any state. It’s run by a group of Texans who have set out to change the public’s perception of prisoners by emphasizing that inmates aren’t animals; they’re fathers, husbands, sons and daughters.
The show broadcasts from KPFT in Houston, a nonprofit Pacifica Network radio station based in an old house near the city’s downtown. Its first hour offers news and talk about Texas prisons and courts, but it’s perhaps more famous for its second hour, in which relatives of prisoners can call in live and deliver messages to their loved ones.
Most of the callers are women whose husbands, sons or boyfriends are locked up in Texas prisons for crimes ranging from auto theft to murder. They call in with everything from anniversary messages (“Hi Don, this is your wife and I wanted to call and tell you that at one minute past midnight it will be our anniversary date. Sixteen years and I would do it all over again. I meant it when I said ‘I do,’ and I still mean it today.”) to love and encouragement (“Take care baby. I love you so much. I can’t wait, I cannot, cannot, cannot wait ’til you come out ’cause it’s gonna go down, you know what I’m saying? Te amo, take care, be good and stop getting in trouble … ’cause, you can’t be having that if you’re trying to get out in 2012.”
Call ins to the radio show can get married on the radio via a legal proxy for the imprisoned groom or bride.
Their web site has a big prison talk forum, and here’s some of the topics discussed on the site-
Inmate Family Support
Death Penalty / Capital Punishment
Prison System Information & News
Drug War & Reform
Prison Links & Resources
Prison Health Care / Mental Health
I’m Going to Prison – Information and help for everyone facing prison.
Prison Cooking & Recipes
Prison & Inmate Pictures
AIDS & HIV
Prison Support Groups and Organizations
Inmate Wives Support
Prison Pen Pals
Federal Inmate Locator
State Inmate Locator
Regional Prisoner Support Forums
Federal Half way houses
State half way houses
federal inmate locator
state inmate locator
foreign prison systems
registered sex offenders
..And about 50,000 other topics