Category: Incarceration

Kite Line- September 13, 2019: Children in Immigrant Detention

This post was originally published on this siteFirst, we hear some prison news and reflect on the anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion. Then, we hear more from last month’s Bend the Bars conference, which was held in Lansing, Michigan. In a compelling panel called “Fighting Immigrant Detention Centers”, organizers with the Little Village Solidarity… Read more »

Kite Line- September 6, 2019: The Business of Incarceration- A Conversation with Craig Gilmore

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we speak on the phone with writer and prison abolitionist Craig Gilmore, who begins by discussing his recent piece in Commune Magazine. The article, “The Business of Incarceration” is a review of American Prison, a critically acclaimed 2018 book by Shane Bauer. In his conversation with… Read more »

Kite Line- August 23, 2019: A History of Cook County Jail

This post was originally published on this siteFor this week’s episode, we share a conversation between Melanie D. Newport and Anne Gray Fisher. They talk about the history of Cook County Jail- the largest facility in the country. Melanie D. Newport is an Assistant Professor of US History at the University of Connecticut-Hartford. Her work… Read more »

Kite Line- August 9, 2019: Retaliation Against E-Carceration

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a statement from former political prisoner Ray Luc Levassuer about the recent death of his comrade, Tom Manning. Then, we speak with Micol Seigel about e-carceration, otherwise known as electronic monitoring. Seigel works with the group Indiana Against E-Carceration, who have a series of… Read more »

Kite Line- July 26, 2019: Ona Move- Reflections From a MOVE Family

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we hear reflections from members of the MOVE Organization. Speaking at the 2019 Fight Toxic Prisons convergence, they give their thoughts on the past and current struggles of MOVE family members behind bars.  Mike Africa, Jr., who was born in prison, speaks about the MOVE Organization,… Read more »

Kite Line- July 5, 2019: Close Dekalb County Jail

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we spoke with participants in the struggle to close Dekalb County jail in Atlanta, Georgia. They walked us through the launch of the movement there, when prisoners smuggled out photos of horrendous conditions inside, which were posted on social media by family members. Since then, a… Read more »

Kite Line- June 14, 2019: Summer of Kites 2019

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we have several kites, or messages, from people inside and outside of the prison walls. First, we have a statement that was recorded for us on behalf of Keith Malik Washington, who is housed in a Texas prison. In his statement, he talks about the negative… Read more »