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Beyond the bars is a 3CR community project designed to give Indigenous prisoners a voice. Encompassing music and spoken word workshops, which are facilitated by Indigenous presenters from Melbourne community stations 3CR and 3KnD, the project culminates in six radio shows broadcast live from regional Victorian (Vic) prisons during NAIDOC Week. The radio program can be heard on 3CR 855AM, 3CR Digital and streaming online, and simulcast on 3KnD 1503AM.
Beyond the bars connects Indigenous prisoners to the wider community, and gives voice to the experience of Indigenous inmates. The program is Australia's only live prison broadcast and has expanded to involve over 100 men, women, and young people from inside Vic prisons, sharing stories, songs, opinions and poems. The program is broadcast from within the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Barwon Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Port Phillip Prison, and Middleton Prison.
The Beyond the bars program has been running for over a decade, and has won several awards, including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Radio Award in 2004, and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Contribution to Indigenous Broadcasting award in 2009.
Abstract adapted from Beyond the bars
Juliet Fox (Projects)
21 Smith Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
PO Box 1277
Collingwood Vic 3066
Ph: (03) 9419 8377