Sony SRF-39FP AM/FM Prison Radio, circa 2000

Summary

This AM/FM pocket radio is a popular audio player, used in US prisons. Its transparent case and headphones are designed to prevent the storage of contraband, making routine cellblock checks more efficient. Owning a radio in prison allows inmates to gain a sense of privacy, comfort, and personal agency, allowing them to follow news and entertainment from the outside world.

This AM/FM pocket radio is a popular audio player, used in US prisons. Its transparent case and headphones are designed to prevent the storage of contraband, making routine cellblock checks more efficient. Owning a radio in prison allows inmates to gain a sense of privacy, comfort, and personal agency, allowing them to follow news and entertainment from the outside world.

Artifact

Radio receiver

Date Made

circa 2000

Creators

Sony Corporation 

Place of Creation

Japan 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2014.121.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)

Color

Brown
Blue
Orange (Color)
Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 3.625 in

Width: 2.5 in

Length: 1.25 in

Inscriptions

On front: SONY/ POWER/ ON/ OFF

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