National Recognition Given to WMMT’s Prison Justice Effort by The Marshall Project
Lessie Gardner, left, and Louise Goode, center, as the van approaches Red Onion State Prison.
The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focusing on the criminal justice system, features WMMT’s Calls From Home and Restorative Radio project as well as other initiatives that, in part, grew from this work. Restorative Radio: Audio Postcards shares the sounds, voices and music of home with those incarcerated far away. Producer (and former WMMT staff member) Sylvia Ryerson worked with family members of those incarcerated in two supermax prisons in far southwest Virginia to create long-form radio pieces to send out to their loved ones in prison over the airwaves.
Check out the story below to learn more about the project and to listen to the audio postcards!