Raphael Rowe Foundation

Our vision is to end the dehumanisation of people in prison and build safer societies.

We work with those who administer prison systems worldwide and inspire them to abolish dehumanising, degrading and dangerous practices, emphasising the health, education, and rehabilitation of those in their care.

Founded by Raphael Rowe:

My name is Raphael Rowe. When I was 20 years old, I was wrongfully arrested, charged, and convicted of a murder and series of robberies
I did not commit. I was sentenced to life imprisonment and spent the next 12 years inside British maximum-security prisons fighting to prove my innocence. Finally, my case was referred to the British Court of Appeal where my convictions were ruled unsafe, and I was set free.

Since my release, I have worked as a journalist and broadcast reporter for the BBC, hosted the ‘Second Chance’ podcast series, and, more recently, fronted the Netflix series ‘Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons’. Through my work I have found that in many prisons across the world basic human rights are not being met, and systems are collapsing.
I have seen first-hand that stripping people in prison of their humanity damages their mental health, increases violence, and does nothing to reintegrate them into society. I have also seen that positively changing prison conditions creates a safer, less fractured society, both inside and outside the prison walls.

All this has inspired me to try to make positive changes in prison systems throughout the world. I believe passionately that we can make such changes, which is why I have set up the Raphael Rowe Foundation.


Raphael Rowe
Saint Cross Street, London

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