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Noelle Hanrahan

Noelle Hanrahan

HRD, Director
Prison Radio
Peace and Justice Dove Award

The Greater Philadelphia Branch on October 18 presented the Peace and Justice Dove Award to Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.  With this award, Greater Philadelphia WILPF recognized the work Ms. Hanrahan does to bring the voices of those behind prison walls to the public. Through interviews, books and film, Prison Radio has given the public a glimpse of prison life and has challenged misconceptions.

Democracy Now Interview

Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Jail on New Pennsylvania Law Silencing Prisoners - Interview with Noelle Hanrahan

Noelle Hanrahan, born 1963, is the founder and director of Prison Radio. Ms. Hanrahan is a licensed private investigator in Rhode Island.  She specializes in recording, salvaging, transfer, noise reduction and enhancement of audio and all media formats, as well as conducting research and interviews for civil and criminal defense investigations.  She has a B.A. from Stanford University, and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Boston University.  Additionally, she is a member of AWI (Association of Workplace Investigators), the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Rhode Island, and New Jersey Licensed Private Investigators Association (NJLPIA).

Prison Radio entered its 25th year toward the end of 2015, and in that time Noelle has recorded hundreds of audio commentaries by incarcerated journalists, the most high profile of whom has been Mumia Abu-Jamal. Prison Radio continues to reach out to prisoners with all different backgrounds and origins-- 2015 also saw the organization producing its first German-speaking and trans prisoners.

United States

While most people working for human rights in the USA can do so freely and safely those most at risk were those working for the most vulnerable groups and those working to challenge entrenched economic and social power.


Long Distance Revolutionary - Stephen Vittoria and Noelle Hanrahan