Category: jail

Kite Line- June 26, 2020: The High Stakes of Institutional Racism During COVID-19

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a phone conversation between Kijana Tashiri Askari and C, one of their outside supporters. Askari is incarcerated in the California Medical Facility- a male-only state carceral medical institution.The recorded this conversation earlier this week, about the conditions Kijana and others are facing, including improper… Read more »

Kite Line- May 8, 2020: COVID-19 Kites

This post was originally published on this siteThe country might be locked down, but struggles inside prisons and out continue to develop chaotically and unexpectedly intersect with the COVID-19 crisis.  Prisoners in Stateville in Illinois report that they continue to suffer from a full lockdown, restricting their programming and access to phones.  Yet, guards are… Read more »

Kite Line- May 8, 2020: COVID-19 Kites

This post was originally published on this siteThe country might be locked down, but struggles inside prisons and out continue to develop chaotically and unexpectedly intersect with the COVID-19 crisis.  Prisoners in Stateville in Illinois report that they continue to suffer from a full lockdown, restricting their programming and access to phones.  Yet, guards are… Read more »

Kite Line- March 20, 2020: COVID-19 Updates From the Inside

This post was originally published on this siteAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to change life on the outside for people all over the world, the prison population stands to suffer immensely in these times. Last week, we spoke to someone in Italy, who described the riots and protests inside and outside the prisons in areas… Read more »

Kite Line- February 14, 2020: The Penal System is Bleeding Out

This post was originally published on this siteIn this week’s episode, we start off with a call for action from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. JLS is calling for a new set of actions from August 21- September 9, 2020. After we hear from them, we share the story of Nick, a long-time Bloomingtonian who passed through… Read more »

Kite Line- January 3, 2020: #MeToo in Prison

This post was originally published on this siteOur episode this week finishes the conversation between Rojas, Meg, and Cyrus. Last week, they spoke about the conditions of transgender and gender non-conforming prisoners in the prison system. They continue talking about efforts to support transgender and GNC prisoners inside and outside of the walls. Additionally, they… Read more »

Kite Line- December 20, 2019: Counterinsurgency on the Inside

This post was originally published on this siteOn our show this week, we hear from Dennis Boatright, a co-organizer with MAPS- Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Support. Boatright presents ‘From Convict to Inmate’, tracing the counter insurgent and repressive measures- such as isolation, book restriction, and even the colors used within the facilities- used by the… Read more »

Kite Line- December 13, 2019: Recidivism in the First Person

This post was originally published on this siteFor the first part of this week’s episode- we hear from Onishona. In this interview, she tells us about her experiences with recidivism and problems with re-entry. She also talks about the role books, and specifically how books about mass incarceration, such as The New Jim Crow, shaped… Read more »

Kite Line- November 29, 2019: Breakaway Recovery House

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we visit the women of the Breakaway Recovery House. Located in New Albany, Indiana, this halfway house is the residence for 14 formerly incarcerated women. In last week’s discussion of e-carceration, Breakaway was mentioned as a resource enabling women to transition to life on the outside…. Read more »

Kite Line- November 22, 2019: The Human Cost of E-Carceration

This post was originally published on this siteThis week, we share a recent round table on e-carceration here in Bloomington. This event was part of a series across southern Indiana, as community members hurt by e-carceration and their families come together to discuss their experiences and work together to understand this complex web of social control…. Read more »