“The Shawshank Redemption”: an analysis of prisoner and prison radio

Tal Laor, Ofer Muchtar

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Israeli prisons have recently initiated a rehabilitation program known as Prison Radio. This article suggests that since prison radio shares similar characteristics with educational radio, inmates may operate the radio stations with high motivation and self-fulfilment since they determine the content of the programs. Inmates may also acquire work-related tools and habits and strengthen their self-confidence, which allows adopting constructive behavioural patterns. Therefore, empowering prisoners through radio station activities may encourage their normative reintegration into society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-1001
Number of pages19
JournalIsrael affairs
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2023


  • Educational radio
  • Empower prisoner
  • Prison radio
  • Radio
  • Theory of differential opportunity


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