Restorative Radio

Below are samples of Radio Producer Sylvia Ryerson’s Restorative Radio Audio Postcards series. Ryerson worked with family members of those incarcerated in two supermax prisons in southwest Virginia, to create long-form radio pieces to send out to their loved ones in prison over public airwaves. To hear the full story check out the Restorative Radio website.

 
 
Louise Goode

Louise Goode

Louise Goode


From Hampton, VA
Traveled over 430 miles
3 years since last visit

It felt good to touch my son, to look at him with no partition between us. There is nothing like touching a child.
 
Lessie Gardner

Lessie Gardner

Lessie Gardner


From Washington, DC
Last saw son 15 years ago
Has only seen her son twice in the 21 years he has been incarcerated
Traveled over 500 miles to Red Onion

 
Bonnie Turner

Bonnie Turner

Bonnie Turner

From Chesapeake, VA
Traveled over 460 miles
Son incarcerated for 18 years
2 years since the last visit

Me being a mother, I just want to sit there and hold his hand, but they have a partition that so we can’t touch them. So, it kind of hard, but its OK, because they can’t stop me from watching him.