The Prison Radio Show has been on the air in Montreal for more than a decade. The show seeks to confront the invisibility of prisons and prisoner struggle, by focusing on the roots of incarceration, policing, and criminalization, and by challenging ideas about what prisons are and who ends up inside. We are dedicated to programming that is directly collaborative with people who are currently incarcerated. This is in the interest of forging stronger ties between incarcerated and non-incarcerated people, ensuring that prisoners have direct control over their representation, and that our understandings of prisons be informed by those who live inside their walls.
If you wish to inform prisoners about this show, it can be heard at the following prisons:
Bordeaux (men’s prison provincial)
Rivière-des-Prairies (men’s provincial prison)
Centre de formation fédéral (Federal Training Centre – this is one institution made up of two federal prisons: one men’s multi-level and one men’s minimum security);
Leclerc (co-ed provincial prison);
Centre de détention pour les immigrants (Immigration Detention Centre)
Archambault (Medium Security federal prison)
Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines (Minimum Security federal prison)
Cowansville (Medium Security federal prison) (signal can be pretty faint except at night?!)
Franklin State (Medium Security prison)
Upstate (Supermax prison)
Bare Hill Prison (medium security state prison)
If you wish to suggest something for the show, feel free to send an email to: prison [@] ckut.ca
Prisoners can reach us by writing to:
Prison Radio Show (or simply write: PRS)
c/o CKUT 90.3 FM
3647, University St.
We also have a call line for prisoners and supporters to submit news and commentary. It is 858-6116 area code 438. It can accept collect calls from the island of Montreal. There is not someone available to answer the phone at all times so leave a message that you would like us to air or leave a number and we will get back to you.
The Prison Radio Show has two time slots on CKUT 90.3 fm.*
The first time slot is:
On the second Thursday of every month between 5-6 pm EST as part of CKUT’s Off The Hour.
The second time slot is:
The fourth Friday of every month between 11am and 12pm EST.
All audio on CKUT 90.3 fm is archived for a minimum of two months, so if you miss a show, you can download it from CKUT here and here. You can also download our show from our podcast feed here.
*Any show could be subject to change if there is special programming on CKUT’s airwaves or for other reasons.