We've talked a lot in recent weeks about sentencing, soaring prison numbers and the problem of reoffending. In the course of that debate, one view that has rarely been heard is that of people who are behind bars.
In Wandsworth Prison in south London, there's an educational project which teaches inmates how to make radio - and this programme was given unique access to it. We asked the prisoners involved to put together a report on why they reoffend...
Since the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in Liverpool, the name Croxteth has become synonymous with gun and gang crime but is that label a fair one? Correspondent Stephanie Power reports from Croxteth Comprehensive, the only mixed comprehensive school in the area, which is facing closure following dwindling pupil numbers.
In 2002 the then Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, launched the Housing Market Renewal Initiative. A fifteen year scheme designed to renew and rebuild property in parts of the Midlands and the North, which were deemed to be market failures. Eight years on, the five billion pound scheme has had half its funding pulled. Stephanie Power reports on the impact.
Twenty years ago Liverpool band, The Farm, released their anti-war single, All Together Now. It reached Number 4 in the charts. Twenty years later it’s being re-released, but this time as part of a fundraising effort for serving soldiers. Stephanie Power reports on what it’s like when your song loses its meaning.
AFC Liverpool have played their first ever game and have already won their first piece of silverware. They beat Nelson FC on Saturday for the Joe Fagan Trophy. The club has been set up to bring the spirit of LFC back to people who can't afford Anfield season ticket prices.
Stephanie Power joined match day co-ordinator Chris Stirrup on the fans coach, to see the first game, a friendly against st Helens Town... and to find out if AFC Liverpool really could take off.....
David Gillooley was in the Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough on 15th April 1989. Twenty years on, he is reunited with the policewoman who effectively saved his life.
A new exhibition at Liverpool's World Museum opens today. "The Beat Goes On" explores the city's musical identity and heritage. Liverpudlian, Lita Roza, was one of the first to have a number one hit in the charts with "'How Much Is That Doggie In The Window' " in 1953.
For PM Stephanie Power tracked her down to her home in London to talk about Liverpool's musical heritage and 'that song':
August Bank Holiday sees the annual Mathew Street festival in Liverpool, which along with new bands and other merseybeat favourites, celebrates all things Beatles. So, how important is the ‘Beatles Economy’ to the city?
Croxteth in North Liverpool has become synonymous with gun and knife crime after Rhys Jones was killed in nearby Croxteth Park. After his death and a spate of killings around the country, government departments and local authorities were keen to try and find a solution to the problem, by funding projects designed to tackle it.
We heard last week that two home office projects TKAP and TGAP rather than see a decrease have actually seen an increase in gun and knife crime.
So do projects like this ever work? Stephanie Power reports from Croxteth
With the cost of coal going down, does UK coalmining have a future? Stephanie Power reports for You and Yours from Harworth Colliery in Nottinghamshire.
We all know it's the European Capital of Culture this year, but Liverpool's not just about Paul McCartney gigs and banana - shaped sheep. Some other old names are coming back too. Cammell Laird, the shipyard which built the Royal Navy flagship, the Ark Royal, has just announced a new contract with the Ministry of Defence worth £250 million pounds. For PM, Stephanie Power reports on Merseyside's reinvigorated maritime industry.
The Football Association estimates that in some areas of the country, 20% of games are played without a referee. So, to address this problem, the FA is planning to recruit 8,000 new referees in the next three years. As part of this recruitment drive it’s actively trying to attract more women to the job. Someone who’s taken the plunge is reporter Stephanie Power. We hear how she got on refereeing her first match.
In the 1960s, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson was a musician but gave it up to become a postman. So what has he missed? In this five part series, Alan meets people who have succeeded where he failed.
Every year, around 8,000 people from 50 countries pay homage to John Lennon at his childhood home, Mendips. But who are these visitors and what do they seek from an ordinary suburban semi in Liverpool? Alexei Sayle, meets custodian Colin Hall and finds out what it’s like to live in one of the most famous houses on Merseyside. He also talks to some of those who visited the house when John Lennon lived there – and of course – just a few of those 8,000 visitors.
Stephanie makes videos for BBC Online and others
Female ref's first game. Click here to see video
Stars Launch Hillsborough Single. Click here to see video
TUC Congress 2010- A film looking at Manchester's union and political heritage. Click here to see video
TUC Congress 2009 - A film for the TUC Congress in Liverpool. Click here to see video
Stephanie is also a photographer and uses her images for BBC Audio slideshows
Fan Power? Click here to see slideshow
The cult of the scooter Click here to see slideshow
Liverpool’s year of culture Click here to see slideshow
The last Lewis’s Click here to see slideshow
Snapshots of the past Click here to see slideshow
As well as being a reporter, producer and filmmaker, Stephanie has also been a press officer, campaigner and fundraiser. She worked as Media and Campaigns Officer for the Trades Union Congress for five years from 1997 and before that as Press Officer and Fundraiser for Refuge, a national charity supporting women escaping domestic violence. She has worked as Parliamentary Officer for a London-based voluntary organisation too.
Stephanie provides podcast design, filmmaking services, media training and campaign advice to regional and national not-for-profit organisations. Client details and references are available on request.
Stephanie is a photographer and is able to provide images alongside audio projects